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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

      Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing means stiff or rigid, spondyl means spine, and itis refers to inflammation. The disease causes inflammation of the spine and large joints, resulting in stiffness and pain.

    • Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases Statistics

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

    • Arthritis Diagnosis

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

    • Bursitis

      Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that cushions and reduces friction between tissues of the body. The major bursae (plural of bursa) are found near the tendons and large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.

    • 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

    • Fibromyalgia

      Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect your neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms and legs.

    • 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 a condition that causes inflamed, painful joints. The symptoms are caused by deposits of urate crystals at the joints.

    • Home Page - Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

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

    • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

      Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a form of arthritis in children. Arthritis causes joint swelling (inflammation) and joint stiffness. JIA is arthritis that affects 1 or more joints for at least 6 weeks in a child age 16 or younger.

    • Living with a Rheumatic Disease

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

    • Low Back Pain

      Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment such as activity modification, weight loss, quitting smoking and other steps. Sometimes medication or surgery is needed.

    • Lupus

      Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is a disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack its own cells and tissues. It causes periods of inflammation to various parts of the body. It can affect your joints, tendons, and skin. It can affect blood vessels. And it can affect organs such as the kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain.

    • 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 is the most common form of arthritis. It is a chronic degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. Osteoarthritis causes the breakdown of joint cartilage. It can occur in any joint, but it most often affects the hands, knees, hips, or spine.

    • Psoriatic Arthritis

      Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis associated with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic skin and nail disease. It causes red, scaly rashes and thick, pitted fingernails. Psoriatic arthritis is similar to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in symptoms and joint inflammation.

    • Raynaud's Phenomenon

      Raynaud's phenomenon is a disorder that causes decreased blood flow to the fingers. In some cases, it also causes less blood flow to the ears, toes, nipples, knees, or nose. This happens due to spasms of blood vessels in those areas. The spasms happen in response to cold, stress, or emotional upset.

    • Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)

      Reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs due to an infection. Arthritis is when joints become inflamed and painful. Reactive arthritis is not contagious. It's also known as Reiter's Syndrome. It mostly affects men ages 20 to 40.

    • Scleroderma

      Scleroderma is an ongoing (chronic) disease that causes abnormal growth of connective tissue. It can affect the joints, skin, and internal organs. It is degenerative and gets worse over time.

    • Septic Arthritis

      Septic arthritis is an infection in the joint fluid (synovial fluid) and joint tissues.

    • Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis

      Tendonitis is when a tendon is inflamed. When a tendon is inflamed, it can cause swelling, pain, and discomfort. Another problem called tenosynovitis is linked to tendonitis. This is the inflammation of the lining of the tendon sheath around a tendon.

    • 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