An average of 4.6 million Canadians are currently suffering from Arthritis. Both men and women could get arthritis, but women seem to outnumber by 50%.
Arthritis involves different conditions that present itself in the form of joint or skeleton pain, often the result of inflammation of the joint lining. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA), and the most common form of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
When damaged joint tissues lose their normal ability to repair themselves, it will result in the breakdown of cartilage and bone; especially in the weight-bearing joints such as the hips, knees, feet and spine. It is not a normal part of aging but is closely associated with obesity and joint injuries.
RA affects over 300,000 Canadian and within 10 years of the onset of disease more than half of these patients will have to take time off work on disability. So treatment is extremely important.