|Description:||The woman pictured here is a rheumatoid arthritis patient, and was not letting her painful condition impeded her from carrying on with her daily activities, which included the use of a baggage carrier that she was using to move a small piece of luggage over to her vehicle after exiting her home. Note that in her left hand she held on to the luggage carrier and handbag, and in her right she grasped her cane, and car keys. She had paused at the vehicle’s driver-side rear door, which she would open, and place the luggage unto the back seat (see PHIL 13960, 13961, and 13962).|
Arthritis in General
While the word arthritis is used by clinicians to specifically mean joint inflammation it is used in public health to refer more generally to more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint and other connective tissue. The pattern, severity and location of symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease. Typically, rheumatic conditions are characterized by pain and stiffness in or around one or more joints. The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body.