“These capsules hold our bones in place. They do this with the help of ligaments. These are a bit like very strong elastic bands.”
If you have arthritis, your joints will most likely feel stiff and be hard to move, you may also find that the area around your joints may feel warm, look red or puffy.
Finding out what’s causing your pain is key to finding the right treatment and self-help options, says Versus Arthritis charity.
As well as causing pain and stiffness, inflammation can cause permanent damage to a joint, so starting effective treatment early on can help to minimise damage.