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  • About Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

    About Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases What is the difference between arthritis and other rheumatic diseases? Arthritis, itself a group of more than 100 different diseases, is one category of r...

  • Anatomy of a Joint

    Anatomy of a Joint Click Image to Enlarge Joints are the areas where two or more bones meet. Most joints are mobile, allowing the bones to move. Joints consist of the following: Cartilage. A type of ...

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing Spondylitis What is ankylosing spondylitis? Click Image to Enlarge Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing means stiff or rigid, spondyl means...

  • Bursitis

    Bursitis What is a bursa? A bursa is a closed, fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion and gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. The major bursae are located adjacent t...

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Click Image to Enlarge Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through an opening from the wr...

  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a chronic, widespread pain in muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joints throughout the body. The disease is fairly common, affecting approxima...

  • Gout

    Gout What is gout? Gout is characterized by inflamed, painful joints due to the formation of crystal deposits at the joints. It also known as the disease of kings and the king of diseases because it ...

  • Infectious Arthritis

    Infectious Arthritis What is infectious arthritis? Click Image to Enlarge Infectious arthritis is an infection in the joint (synovial) fluid and joint tissues. The infection usually reaches the joint...

  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis? Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a form of arthritis in children ages 16 or younger that causes inflammation and stiffness o...

  • Living with a Rheumatic Disease

    Living with a Rheumatic Disease Living with a rheumatic disease does not necessarily mean living a limited lifestyle. With proper management, a rheumatic disease often does not have to hinder your da...

  • Low Back Pain

    Low Back Pain What is low back pain? Click Image to Enlarge Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back. Pain in the lower back can ...

  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme Disease What are the dangers of tick bites? While most tick bites are harmless, several species can transmit life-threatening diseases. Two of these well-known diseases are Rocky Mountain Spotte...

  • Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis What is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a chronic degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults. Osteoarthritis is c...

  • Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriatic Arthritis What is psoriatic arthritis? Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis associated with psoriasis, a chronic skin and nail disease characterized by red, scaly rashes and thick, pi...

  • Raynaud's Phenomenon

    Raynaud's Phenomenon What is Raynaud's phenomenon? Raynaud's phenomenon or, simply, Raynaud's, is a disorder characterized by decreased blood flow to the fingers, and less frequently to the ears, toe...

  • Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)

    Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome) What is reactive arthritis? Reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter's syndrome, is a type of arthritis that occurs as a reaction to an infection somewhere in t...

  • Scleroderma

    Scleroderma What is scleroderma? Scleroderma can be either a localized disease or a disease that affects the whole body. When it affects your whole body it is also called systemic sclerosis or system...

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus)

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) What is lupus? Systemic lupus erythematosus, also known as SLE, or simply lupus, is a disease that is characterized by periodic episodes of inflammation of and da...

  • Tendonitis

    Tendonitis What are tendon problems? Two major problems associated with tendons include tendonitis and tenosynovitis. Tendonitis, inflammation of a tendon (the tough cords of tissue that connect musc...

  • Treatment for Arthritis

    Treatment for Arthritis How is arthritis treated? Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. The goal of treatment is often to limit pain and inflammation, while ensuring optimal joint function. ...