Article by Dr Carol Cooper
If you have aches and pains, don’t assume it’s just your age.
While osteo-arthritis , the most common type of arthritis, strikes more often in mid-life and beyond, it’s by no means the only kind of joint trouble. There are many different types of arthritis, and you can develop it at almost any age.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women and often comes on between the ages of 30 and 50, though it can start much earlier or much later, and it affects men too. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a kind of arthritis that affects the under-16s, including young babies before they’ve even learned to walk. In both rheumatoid and JIA there’s marked inflammation within the joints, which causes a lot of painful symptoms. But fortunately there are also many newer drugs...