About Arthritis

Arthritis isn’t a singular condition. Understanding it is the first step in managing it.

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is not one disease. Learn about the different types of arthritis, how they differ and why it’s important.

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Recognizing the Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms are complicated and varied, but this checklist can help you and your doctor figure out what’s going on.

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When It's Time to See a Doctor for Joint Pain

Learn when you need to see a doctor for joint problems.

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Diagnosing Arthritis

Information about symptoms, health and lifestyle habits will help determine the type of arthritis you have.

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Types of Arthritis Pain

Get the basics about different kinds of joint disease and how each creates pain.

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Inflammation and the Immune System

Body-wide inflammation is at the root of most chronic diseases — and you may have more control over it than you think.

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Arthritis by the Numbers
60 million

Nearly 60 million adults are diagnosed with arthritis

1 in 4

1 in 4 adults have a type of arthritis


300,000 children have juvenile arthritis


There are over 100 arthritis related conditions

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Traditionally thought of as a disease related to aging and "wear and tear," osteoarthritis (OA) is now recognized as a disease of the whole joint. By far the most common form of arthritis, OA does not yet have any drugs that can slow or modify the disease, but there are effective therapies.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory, autoimmune condition that affects not only joints but also organs, including eyes. While it can have painful and debilitating effects if left untreated, there are effective therapies to help control RA and its symptoms.
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Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), an inflammatory, autoimmune condition, typically occurs with psoriasis. In addition to the effects on the skin, it attacks joints and can also affect internal organs and the eyes. Because its symptoms can be similar to those of other diseases, it can be tricky to diagnose.
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Axial Spondyloarthritis
Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) refers to several inflammatory arthritis diseases that affect the spine, but may also affect other joints as well as organs. Learn more about this family of diseases, how they're diagnosed and treated, and how you can control them.
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Gout is an inflammatory type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the body, causing sudden and intense attacks of pain in the joints. Learn more about medications and lifestyle changes that can be made to take control of gout.
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Juvenile Arthritis
Nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the United States live with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or other pediatric rheumatic diseases. These autoimmune diseases affect not only joints but also skin, eyes and internal organs. A diagnosis can be scary, but effective treatments are available.
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Newly Diagnosed?

What You Need to Know

Get guidance in this 4-part podcast series on building your health care team, hear words of wisdom from other patients and learn how to control the physical and emotional tolls arthritis can take.

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What You Need to Know

"You are not alone in your arthritis journey."

Dr. Carla Harwell, MD, Assoc. Program Director, Cleveland Medical Center
Navigating Arthritis
Newly Diagnosed Webinar

Navigating Arthritis

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a new diagnosis, hear from our panel of experts to learn about treatment basics, disease management and therapies that can help you.

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Dr. Terence Starz, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine
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Our team of a licensed, clinical social worker and trained staff understand arthritis and are here to help you. Also available in Spanish and other languages.

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When you live with arthritis, it can feel isolating, but you're not alone. Meet other people like you who can help provide support and share solutions that work for them.

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Your Insurance Coverage

Our powerful resource will help you better understand health insurance options, choose the right coverage for arthritis treatments and explore financial assistance.

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