More than 10 million people in the UK are affected by some form of arthritis and, contrary to popular belief; it can affect people of all ages.

Osteoarthritis

This is the most common form of arthritis and affects around 8 million people in the UK alone. It affects he hands, spine, knees and hips and occurs when cartilage lining in the joints becomes worn down.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis include joint pain; stiffness and/or tenderness in your joints; deformed joints or warm red skin over your joints; and weakness or muscle wasting.

For information or help with symptoms from osteoarthritis, visit the NHS web page on the matter.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the other popular form and is most common in women, who are three times more likely to suffer from the condition than men. It attacks the immune system and most commonly affects our fingers, toes, wrists, elbows, shoulder and knees.

You can help reduce symptoms with exercise, but it is always best to speak to your GP first.

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