Arthritis is inflammation of the joint, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limitation of motion. Arthritis is currently the most common chronic illness and the leading cause of disability in the United States. A breakdown of cartilage is what causes the development of arthritis in the joint. As the prevalence of arthritis continues to increase, emphasis should be placed on recognition of the signs and symptoms of joint inflammation. The physicians of Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of Palm Beach are skilled in developing an individualized treatment plan to assist with arthritis issues. Treatment is directed toward reducing pain and swelling, improving function and inhibiting progressive joint damage.