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Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

  • 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

  • Bursitis

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

  • 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

  • Arthritis Diagnosis

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

  • 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.

  • Living with a Rheumatic Disease

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

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)

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

  • Ticks and Lyme Disease

    Detailed information on Lyme disease, including 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.

  • 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

  • Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases Statistics

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

  • 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.

  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

  • Fibromyalgia

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

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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

  • 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.

  • Treatment for Arthritis

    Detailed information on the most common treatments used for arthritis