Arthritis is a joint disease that presents in a number of ways, most usually as Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis is characterized by swelling and tenderness of a joint, symptoms usually include joint pain and stiffness which exacerbates with age. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage which cushions the ends of bones wears down, commonly affecting the hands, knees, and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects more than just joints, often involving a variety of body systems such as the heart, lungs, skin, and eyes. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that it causes your body’s immune system to mistakenly attack your body. RA causes painful swelling of that can result in bone erosion and even joint deformity. Inflammation is the root cause of RA and arthritis in general.