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What can it do?

Welcome to the beta Arthritis Virtual Assistant. At the moment it can give you general information about your condition and medication, and provide you with useful exercises to help manage your arthritis.

Why do we need your help?

The Arthritis Virtual Assistant has been built to learn and improve with every use. That way, whenever you use it, you’re indirectly helping another person get the answers that they need for their arthritis.

What can you ask?

You'll get the best response if your question relates to a single type of arthritis, and is expressed as clearly and simply as possible. For example, "What are the best exercises for osteoarthritis?" or "What are the side effects of methotrexate?"


Are you sure you want to close your conversation?

Your conversation will not be visible the next time you visit the Arthritis Virtual Assistant. If you want to keep a copy of the advice you've been given, you can print it using the button at the top of the chat window.

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Arthritis Virtual Assistant

The Arthritis Virtual Assistant is being developed into a brand new type of tool which will help you to get the answers you need for your type of arthritis.

This automated chat service is designed to provide general information about your condition and ways you can manage it. It’s been developed from over 80 years of our research work and also learns from the experiences of its users. It’s a ‘beta’ version which means it’s still learning from you, and others. It uses artificial intelligence to decide which are the best responses to give you and it will improve each time it’s used. The better the information we can provide then the more people we can help to manage their condition too.

The advice in this service isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice so we’d always recommend speaking to your doctor about your treatment. When you use the Arthritis Virtual Assistant, you’ll be asked for your first name and the type of arthritis you have, there’s no need to tell us anything more personal than that.

By using the Arthritis Virtual Assistant you confirm that you understand and accept the terms of use and consent to how we will use the information you provide.

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Arthritis information

This section is our comprehensive guide to living with arthritis. You’ll find information on everything from types of arthritis and how to deal with them, lifestyle and living, to helpful hints and tips on dealing with arthritis day to day. We hope you find it useful.

Where does it hurt?

Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions can affect all parts of the body, in different ways, for different people. Many of these conditions cause pain.

Navigate our information by pointing to where you're experiencing pain on our body diagram. You'll find everything from types of arthritis and how to deal with day-to-day pain, to drugs and dietary advice.


This is where you can find out in-depth information about the pains of arthritis, including common aches and pains, causes, treatments and how you can find ways of improving day-to-day life.

Common aches and pains

We explain the common causes of pain in different parts of the body, how they're diagnosed and the importance of self-help measures.

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Exercises to manage pain

Exercises can help to manage pain and prevent future symptoms. Try our exercises for different types of joint pain.

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Living with long-term pain

If you're living with long-term pain. our self-management information will tell you about different approaches to pain relief and who you can ask for support.


There are about 200 different musculoskeletal conditions. Arthritis is a term used by doctors to describe inflammation within a joint. Find your condition in our A–Z guide.


Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease. The surfaces within your joints become damaged so the joint doesn’t move as smoothly as it should. It causes joint pain and stiffness.

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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common form of arthritis in the UK. It mainly affects the body’s joints, causing inflammation, pain and swelling.

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Fibromyalgia is a common long-term condition that causes widespread pain and often a variety of other symptoms. Self-management is a key part of the treatment.


Different types of arthritis are treated with different drugs. Drugs are given to improve the symptoms and, where possible, to slow or halt the progress of the condition. Find drugs in our A–Z list.

Steroid injections

Steroid injections can be a rapid and effective treatment for joint pain and inflammation and are used for a number of different conditions.


Amitriptyline is used to treat chronic (long-term) pain caused by arthritis, spinal problems, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches and peripheral neuropathy.


Methotrexate should effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, vasculitis and psoriatic arthritis, and stop them causing damage to your joints.


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