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Inflammatory Arthritis

In inflammatory arthritis, the body’s own immune system attacks healthy joints and tissues, causing inflammation and joint damage. This category includes more than 90 different types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and many more.

While there are specific signs and symptoms that are associated with the different types of inflammatory arthritis, several are found in most people with inflammatory arthritis. These include:

Morning stiffness in and around the joints lasting at least one hour
Pain and stiffness in more than one joint area
Pain and stiffness that worsens with immobility
Pain and stiffness that improves with physical activity
Reduced range of motion
Joint swelling

The treatment for inflammatory arthritis can vary, depending on the type of arthritis as well as the severity of the disease. For a complete list of medications, please click here: 
http://www.jointhealth.org/pdfs/MedicationChart_E_web.pdf