By Anna Hazard
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Arthritis is an umbrella term for a conglomeration of diseases & conditions that afflict the joints of the body. Due to its nature of inflammation of the joint, the most common arthritis symptoms are pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion in the joint. With over 100 different varieties of arthritis, it is the leading cause of disability in America. While often associated with aging due to the proliferation of osteoarthritis, the various forms of arthritis can occur at any age through all genders & races.
Due to it's widespread occurrence, many smartphone apps have cropped up that have arthritis as their chief focus. Here are a selection of apps for both iOS & Android that are meant to help deal with arthritis & joint inflammation in general instead of focusing on one particular type (such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, the two most common varieties).
Since smartphones can be easily incorporated into exercise routines & are usually carried around wherever the user may go, these particular apps tend to focus on exercise routines to help mitigate pain or otherwise act as general founts of knowledge as overall guides or by providing easy access to other references (such as arthritis magazines or video selections).