Arthritis is a condition in which swelling and tenderness occurs on one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis include joint pain and stiffness that typically get worse with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Specialists categorize arthritis into 4 stages. Stage 1 is the early stage where symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness. On the other hand, stage 2 is the moderate stage in which swelling occurs in the joint. Consequently, the stage 3 and 4 show severe symptoms and the condition requires a surgical treatment. General tests such as a physical exam for inspecting swollen joints or loss of motion. Blood tests such as elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and X-rays are also performed to reassure the diagnosis. The success rate of the overall treatment remains between 78-80%.