More than 9 million people have arthritis in the UK. There are more than 200 types of arthritis. Common arthritis symptoms of inflammation, pain, and stiffness are usually caused by degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis). Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK with an estimated 8.5 million people affected by the condition. Other types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and gout. No matter which type of arthritis you have, you need an accurate diagnosis before your doctor can recommend treatment.
Future tests to determine whether people with psoriasis are at risk of going on to develop psoriatic arthritis have come a step closer after scientists said they had identified the gene behind the disease.
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