Some of the common symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness and reduced range of motion. Symptoms may come and go and tends to be mild, moderate or severe. They may remain about the same for years, but the condition may progress or get worse over a span of time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to perform daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs.
Arthritis can trigger permanent joint changes. These changes may be evident, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be be visible on X-ray. Some types of Arthritis also affect the heart, lungs, eyes, kidneys and skin other than the joints.