Arthritis is a general term for inflammation around a joint resulting from any cause. Rheumatoid arthritis, gout and osteoarthritis are more commonly known types of arthritis, however there are many other types of arthritis. The bones in the joint along with the soft tissues around the joints such as cartilage, joint capsule, ligaments and tendons become inflamed and painful. The cause of this joint inflammation can be due to injury, the ageing process, or overuse trauma from occupational or sporting activities. Certain types of arthritis are caused by abnormal metabolic processes in the body. You can inherit certain types of arthritis from one your parents or grandparents. Whatever the cause of your arthritis it can be disfiguring, degenerative, painful and inflammatory.