When bacteria, a virus or any other undesirable element enters the joint area, or if an injury occurs, then arthritic joints can get inflamed.  How this takes place is that when foreign material enters or an injury occurs, white blood cells, antibodies and other natural ‘fighting’ mechanisms automatically get activated and rush to the affected joint to help.  These defenders cause swelling, redness and heat in the affected area as the body fluid moves around.Inflammation of the joints leading to swelling, redness and tenderness, is one of the uncomfortable symptoms of having arthritis.



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