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

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.

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 10959 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Successful Etanercept Treatment for Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
 

Author(s): Attila Kovács, Adelina G Siminischi, Beáta Baksay, András Gáll, Mária Takács, Zoltán Szekanecz

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2015 Feb;17(2):114-6.

 

Last Updated: 30 Jul 2015

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Impact of arthritis and multiple chronic conditions on selected life domains - United States, 2013.
 

Author(s): Jin Qin, Kristina A Theis, Kamil E Barbour, Charles G Helmick, Nancy A Baker, Teresa J Brady,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2015 Jun;64(21):578-82.

 

About half of U.S. adults have at least one chronic health condition, and the prevalence of multiple (two or more) chronic conditions increased from 21.8% in 2001 to 25.5% in 2012. Chronic conditions profoundly affect quality of life, are leading causes of death and disability, and ...

Last Updated: 5 Jun 2015

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Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Arthritis" returned 1439 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Methotrexate use and risk of lung disease in psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease: systematic literature review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.
 

Author(s): Richard Conway, Candice Low, Robert J Coughlan, Martin J O'Donnell, John J Carey

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To evaluate the relative risk of pulmonary disease among patients with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease treated with methotrexate.

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2015

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EULAR recommendations for patient education for people with inflammatory arthritis.
 

Author(s): Heidi A Zangi, Mwidimi Ndosi, Jo Adams, Lena Andersen, Christina Bode, Carina Boström, Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings, Laure Gossec, Jana Korandová, Gabriel Mendes, Karin Niedermann, Jette Primdahl, Michaela Stoffer, Marieke Voshaar, Astrid van Tubergen,

Journal: Ann. Rheum. Dis.. 2015 Jun;74(6):954-62.

 

The task force aimed to: (1) develop evidence-based recommendations for patient education (PE) for people with inflammatory arthritis, (2) identify the need for further research on PE and (3) determine health professionals' educational needs in order to provide evidence-based PE.

Last Updated: 9 May 2015

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The supplementary therapeutic DMARD role of low-dose glucocorticoids in rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Maurizio Cutolo, Cornelia M Spies, Frank Buttgereit, Sabrina Paolino, Carmen Pizzorni

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The management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is primarily based on the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), mainly comprising synthetic chemical compounds (that is, methotrexate or leflunomide) and biological agents (tumor necrosis factor inhibitors or abatacept). ...

Last Updated: 22 Jan 2015

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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An MRI-guided Treatment Strategy to Prevent Disease Progression in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Arthritis; Arthritis, Rheumatoid; Joint Diseases; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Rheumatic Diseases; Connective Tissue Diseases; Autoimmune Diseases

 

Last Updated: 16 Feb 2015

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Yoga as Self-Care for Arthritis in Minority Communities
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis; Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2015

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