According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 kids in the U.S. have some type of arthritis, making it the country’s leading cause of disability.
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the umbrella term for joint disease or joint pain. Symptoms range from swelling and stiffness to chronic pain and reduced mobility.
Osteoarthritis is the most common. It’s a degenerative form of the disease in which protective cartilage breaks down and bones rub together. Pain, swelling, and stiffness can eventually become chronic and can lead to replacement surgery for permanently damaged joints.