Arthritis Facts

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a chronic, degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. The disease is also known as degenerative joint disease. Learn More ›

How to Avoid Becoming an Arthritis Statistic

Arthritis is the leading chronic health condition and a major cause of disability in the United States. One out of every five Americans has arthritis. Are you a statistic in waiting? If your joints are healthy, you can make changes in your everyday life that reduce some of the risk factors associated with arthritis, which can help prevent serious problems with arthritis in the future. And if you already have arthritis, there are things you can do to keep your joints as healthy as possible, reduce your symptoms, and maintain your independence.

Learn how you can avoid becoming an arthritis statistic

Types of Treatment for Arthritis

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, your treatment plan will likely include a combination of strategies with the aim of reducing pain and swelling, maintaining joint function, and preventing further damage and disability. Although there is little that can be done to repair damage that has already started, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications, as well as physical and occupational therapies can help you move and get about your day.

Read more about the different types of treatments for arthritis

Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or Both?

Of the 100 different types of arthritis and related diseases, osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the most common. Although both conditions have similar characteristics, they are different diseases. Is it possible to have both types of arthritis?

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Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Arthritis: What’s the Difference?

Is your pain caused by chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, or arthritis? They all involve pain but they are actually quite distinct with respect to the specific symptoms and type of pain. How can you tell the difference?

Read about the symptoms of these conditions that cause muscle and joint pain

Natural and Alternative Remedies for Arthritis Relief

If you are living with the pain and disability of arthritis you have probably wondered if alternative, complementary, and natural remedies can help. Scientists have studied some alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, glucosamine, and even magnets in an effort to tease out the truth. While solid studies that show strong results are few and far between, that doesn’t stop people from trying and hoping that alternative remedies will give them relief.

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Living with Arthritis

Arthritis is no small problem. One in three adults has it, and an inactive, overweight, aging population isn't helping that number decline. As the number one reported disability, it also causes a huge financial pain, costing the economy $86.2 billion annually. Fortunately, it's also a condition you can do much to manage. All it takes is some planning ahead and altering of lifestyle habits.

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Arthritis accounts for 39 million doctor visits each year and more than 500,000 trips to the hospital.