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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.

    • Action Plan for Osteoarthritis

      Taking arthritis medication is important, but what you do for yourself, including exercising, doing relaxation exercises and managing your emotions and attitudes, is just as crucial to your ability to lead an active, productive life.

    • Anatomy of a Joint

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

    • Arthritis

      Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are common conditions that cause pain, swelling, and limited movement. They affect joints and connective tissues around the body. Millions of people in the U.S. have some form of arthritis.

    • 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.

    • Essential Self-Care for Arthritis

      If you have arthritis, taking your medication and following your doctor's orders are essential. But self-care can be just as important in your daily and long-term management of the disease.

    • Gout: An Old Disease Flares Up Again

      An especially painful form of arthritis—gout—is on the rise.

    • How to Manage Your Osteoarthritis

      Taking arthritis medication is important, but what you do for yourself, including exercising, doing relaxation exercises and managing your emotions and attitudes, is just as crucial to your ability to lead an active, productive life.

    • Leg Pain: Arthritis or Peripheral Arterial Disease?

      Is that pain in your leg the first sign of arthritis? Or is it peripheral arterial disease, a serious condition linked to an elevated risk for heart attack and stroke?

    • Managing Arthritis with Exercise

      Exercise has important health benefits for everyone -- regardless of age and physical condition. But for people with arthritis, working out regularly, and within their limits, is critical.

    • 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.

    • Seven Proven Treatments for Arthritis Pain

      Although there's no cure for arthritis, the symptoms can be treated effectively in many cases. Here's a look at some proven treatments.

    • Understanding Joint Pain

      Sprained ankles and wrists, arthritic knees and hips and torn rotator cuffs all have one thing in common: They result in joint pain.