The most common type of arthritis in the UK is osteoarthritis which is a condition that causes joints to become painful and stiff. You may experience swelling, tenderness and a grating or cracking sound when moving the joint. For some people the symptoms can be mild and may come and go. For others it can be continuous and severe.
The exact cause is not known, but several things are thought to increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis including joint injury, age, family history, obesity and previous conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
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