Arthritis is basically inflammation of one or more joints. They are many forms of arthritis (over 100 currently) and it affects people of all ages, sex, and race. Causes can be an injury, genetics, viral/bacterial infections, or autoimmunity. Symptoms can range from mild to severe as well as causing permanent damage to the joint. The pain associated with “arthritis” is usually constant and can create strains on the muscles connected to the affected joint.