It is estimated that one in every five persons will develop arthritis at some point in their lives. This prevalent condition is often not very well understood and has become a catch-all phrase for joint issues occurring in the later years. While arthritis can hinder daily activities, it can be managed through pain management, physical therapy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In cases where joints have become deformed and where the disease has caused simple daily activities to come to a halt, surgery is necessary. If you suffer from joint pain, it is important to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. As in most conditions, early detection is key.