What is arthritis?
Arthritis is the common name given to a condition relating to joint pain. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Arthritis can affect people of any age and gender, however, it is more common in women and occurs more frequently as people get older. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wearing away of cartilage which means there is no cushioning between joints, and bones rub together. This causes a lot of pain, swelling, and stiffness. Over time, joints may lose strength and pain can become chronic.
Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis. This is when the immune system wrongfully attacks the joints with inflammation. This can potentially lead to joint erosion.
Common types of arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Back pain
- Juvenile arthritis
- Other musculoskeletal pain
Symptoms & common characteristics
- Joint pain
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
Centre for Accessibility support for arthritis may include
- Assistive technology
- Note-taking services
- Padded chair in classrooms
- Scribe/computer use for exams
- Supervised exam breaks
- Over 6 million (1 in 5) Canadian’s have arthritis
- Nearly 60% of people with arthritis are women
- Arthritis affects all ages, but the likelihood increases with age
- Nearly 1 in 2 seniors over 65 have arthritis
- Over half of people with arthritis are under the age of 65