Arthritis literally means joint inflammation and is most often chronic. Its cause of pain does not arise from a single disease, there are different forms of arthritis. Your choice(s) of treatment depends on which type is causing your pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Osteo and rheumatoid are the most common types of arthritis having a chronic effect on millions of people. Gout attacks are more acute-like, highlighted by extremely painful week long bouts.
Osteoarthritis is the breakdown and wearing away of cartilage, the bone end cushions. Once they wear and become frayed, the rubbing together of your bones causes your pain, swelling and loss of motion in that worn-out joint. A single joint form of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease within the joints. This inflammation is what causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. And additional symptoms may include feeling sick, tired, and/or fever. A multi-joint form of arthritis.
Gout is one of the most painful rheumatic diseases. It occurs when crystals of uric acid build up in connective tissue and the joint space between two bones. Gout frequently affects joints in the lower part of the body such as knee, ankles, or toes. A lower extremity form of arthritis
Although there is no cure for most forms of arthritis, various therapies can help manage symptoms to improve your overall quality of life. The choice of treatment heavily depends on which type of arthritis is causing your painfully sore, swollen and stiff joints.
As you have discovered here, arthritis inflammation causes are very different. Therefore knowledge of which one is your cause for pain, dictates treatment and/or prevention.