Inflammation is an important part of the immune response in which the body’s white blood cells aim to protect against infection and foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. The chemical response of the cells increases blood flow to the affected area causing redness and warmth of the tissue. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, pain, and can result in loss of function.
Many types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, and gout are associated with varying degrees of inflammation. There are currently several medications that are effective at controlling pain and reducing inflammation.