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    • About Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

      Arthritis, itself a group of more than 100 different diseases, is one category of rheumatic diseases.

    • Anatomy of a Joint

      Joints are the areas where two or more bones meet. Most joints are mobile, allowing the bones to move.

    • Ankylosing Spondylitis

      Detailed information on ankylosing spondylitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases Statistics

      Rheumatic diseases are the leading cause of disability among people ages 65 and older.

    • Bursitis

      A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions a joint. When a bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis.

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      Women develop carpal tunnel syndrome three times more frequently than men. It usually occurs only in adults.

    • Common Types of Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

      Detailed information on the most common types of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, gout, infectious arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, low back pa

    • Diagnosing Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

      Diagnosing arthritis and other rheumatic diseases is often difficult, as many symptoms are similar among the different diseases.

    • Fibromyalgia

      Detailed information on fibromyalgia, including cause, triggers, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Glossary - Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

      Online medical glossary of terms relating to arthritis and other rheumatic diseases written for patients and consumers

    • Gout

      Gout is marked by inflamed, painful joints because of the formation of crystal deposits in them.

    • Home Page - Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

      Detailed information on arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including types, diagnosis, treatment, and living with the condition

    • Infectious Arthritis

      Infectious arthritis is an infection in the joint fluid and tissues. Different bacteria and viruses can infect a joint and usually are associated with a person's age.

    • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Detailed information on juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, including cause, symptom, diagnosis, and treatment

    • Living with a Rheumatic Disease

      With proper management, a rheumatic disease often does not have to hinder your daily activities.

    • Low Back Pain

      Low back pain can range from mild, dull, and annoying to persistent, severe, and disabling pain. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.

    • Lyme Disease

      Detailed information on Lyme disease, including ticks that transmit Lyme disease, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

    • Online Resources - Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

      List of online resources to find additional information on arthritis and other rheumatic diseases

    • Osteoarthritis

      Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a chronic, degenerative, joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults.

    • Psoriatic Arthritis

      Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis associated with psoriasis, a chronic skin and nail disease.

    • Raynaud's Phenomenon

      This disorder affects blood flow to the fingers and less frequently to the ears, toes, nipples, knees, or nose. Exposure to cold and emotional upset are the triggers.

    • Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)

      Reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter's syndrome, is a type of arthritis that occurs as a reaction to an infection somewhere in the body.

    • Scleroderma

      Scleroderma is a chronic, degenerative disease that can lead to scarring of the skin, joints, and other internal organs.

    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)

      Most people who have lupus are young women. The effects of the disease can range from mild to severe.

    • Tendonitis

      Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon—the tough cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Tendonitis can affect any tendon, but is most commonly seen in the wrist and fingers.

    • Topic Index - Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

      Detailed information on the most common types of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, gout, infectious arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, low back pa

    • Treatment for Arthritis

      Detailed information on the most common treatments used for arthritis