Arthritis

Common Name(s)

Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint (the point where two bones fit together). There are many types of arthritis and each one has its own cause and symptoms. Typically, all forms of arthritis are associated with symptoms that include pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and decreased range of motion in the joint that usually gets worse with age. Severe arthritis that affects the hands and arms may make it difficult to do daily tasks while arthritis that affects the knees or ankles may make it difficult to walk or stand. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of the hard tissue that covers and protects the ends of bones (cartilage). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the lining of joints (synovium).

Risk factors for arthritis include a family history of arthritis, increasing age, previous joint injury, obesity and gender, as women are more likely than men to develop RA. Causes of other forms of arthritis include a build up of uric acid crystals in the joint, infections, or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus. Your doctor may use a physical exam, imaging, lab tests and video assessment of your joints to diagnosis arthritis. Imaging can include an X-ray and an MRI to get a detailed look at the joint and cartilage. Doctors may also perform arthroscopy, which uses a small video camera inserted into a small cut near the affected joint to obtain images of the affected area. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments that help reduce symptoms. These include pain medications, therapy and surgery. If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with arthritis, talk with a doctor to determine the best treatment plan.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

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International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Arthritis" for support, advocacy or research.

International Scleroderma Network

Our mission is to provide stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses.

http://www.sclero.org/

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2010

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US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

http://www.uspainfoundation.org

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Arthritis" returned 13984 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Baricitinib versus Placebo or Adalimumab in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
 

Author(s): Peter C Taylor, Edward C Keystone, Désirée van der Heijde, Michael E Weinblatt, Liliana Del Carmen Morales, Jaime Reyes Gonzaga, Sergey Yakushin, Taeko Ishii, Kahaku Emoto, Scott Beattie, Vipin Arora, Carol Gaich, Terence Rooney, Douglas Schlichting, William L Macias, Stephanie de Bono, Yoshiya Tanaka

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2017 02;376(7):652-662.

 

Background Baricitinib is an oral, reversible inhibitor of the Janus kinases JAK1 and JAK2 that may have therapeutic value in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Methods We conducted a 52-week, phase 3, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled trial in which 1307 patients with ...

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2017

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Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis lagged behind the onset of rheumatoid arthritis by 7 years: A case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Yang Liu, Hong-Yan Wen, Li-Hua Wang, Chen Wang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jan;96(1):e5789.

 

The co-existence of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), presenting either together or in succession, is very rare. A variety of histopathological features in the clinical renal disease may occur in RA. Only 8 studies have previously reported this ...

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2017

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The coexistence of SAPHO syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis: A case report.
 

Author(s): Wenrui Xu, Chen Li, Weihong Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jan;96(1):e5724.

 

SAPHO (Synovitis-Acne-Pustulosis-Hyperstosis-Osteitis) syndrome is a rare disease featured by its dermatological and osteoarthritic disorders, the latter of which mainly affecting the anterior chest wall, spine, and sacroiliac joint. However, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic ...

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Arthritis" returned 1665 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Bortezomib followed by autologous stem cell transplantation in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis: A case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Junru Liu, Juan Li, Meilan Chen, Lifen Kuang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Dec;95(52):e5760.

 

Despite the introduction of varied disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biological agents, a substantial proportion of patients remain untreatable. We report a 56-year-old Chinese female patient with a case of refractory rheumatoid arthritis (RA) complicated with multiple myeloma ...

Last Updated: 29 Dec 2016

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Delayed treatment of septic arthritis in the neonate: A review of 52 cases.
 

Author(s): YiQiang Li, QingHe Zhou, YuanZhong Liu, WeiDong Chen, JingChun Li, Zhe Yuan, BiCheng Yong, HongWen Xu

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Dec;95(51):e5682.

 

There is still controversy on the management of septic arthritis in neonates. This study aims to investigate the treatment of septic arthritis in neonates.We reviewed 52 neonates (37 males and 15 females) with septic arthritis in our hospital during 2004 to 2015. The mean age at onset ...

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016

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Cardiovascular risk assessment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: The relevance of clinical, genetic and serological markers.
 

Author(s): Raquel López-Mejías, Santos Castañeda, Carlos González-Juanatey, Alfonso Corrales, Iván Ferraz-Amaro, Fernanda Genre, Sara Remuzgo-Martínez, Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Ricardo Blanco, Javier Llorca, Javier Martín, Miguel A González-Gay

Journal: Autoimmun Rev. 2016 Nov;15(11):1013-1030.

 

Cardiovascular disease (CV) is the most common cause of premature mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This is the result of an accelerated atherosclerotic process. Adequate CV risk stratification has special relevance in RA to identify patients at risk of CV disease. ...

Last Updated: 9 Aug 2016

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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CPMC Early Undifferentiated Arthritis Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2017

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Discovering the Antecedents of Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 6 Oct 2016

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Pro-calcitonin for Early Detection of Septic Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Arthritis, Infectious

 

Last Updated: 17 Nov 2015

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