What is arthritis?
There are about 200 different musculoskeletal conditions. They fall into five main groups: inflammatory arthritis, degenerative or mechanical arthritis, soft tissue musculoskeletal pain, back pain and connective tissue disease (CTD). Read more
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Different types of arthritis can cause a wide range of symptoms, for example joint pain and swelling, fatigue, and weight loss. Read more
Who gets arthritis?
Arthritis affects people regardless of age, gender or race. However, not everybody with arthritis will have severe or persistent symptoms. Read more
What causes arthritis?
Most types of arthritis are caused by a combination of factors acting together, including genetic and lifestyle factors, although there's also a strong element of chance. Read more
What is the outlook for arthritis?
It can be difficult to predict how arthritis might affect you. Many types of arthritis are long-term conditions, but most people don’t have major mobility problems and modern treatments can often minimise joint damage. Read more
How is arthritis diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose your arthritis based on your symptoms and how they’ve developed, an examination and possibly blood tests, x-rays or other scans. Read more
What are the treatments for arthritis?
Research has led to great improvements in treatment, which can relieve symptoms and in some cases control the disease itself. Treatment options include drugs, physical therapies and surgery. Read more
Who will be involved in my treatment?
Your GP can often provide all the help you’ll need, but if necessary you may be referred to hospital to see a specialist, for example in rheumatology or orthopaedics, or for therapies such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy. Read more
Self-help and daily living for arthritis
Alongside prescribed medication and support from healthcare professionals, there are many ways that you can help yourself if you have arthritis, including keeping active and eating a healthy diet. Read more