What is arthritis?

Arthritis describes a range of different conditions, including osteoarthritis and autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. It can affect bones, muscles and joints all over the body, causing pain and fatigue, and impacting hugely on day-to-day life. Whilst there is no cure at the moment, there are many different treatments, therapies and exercises that can help people with arthritis lead fuller lives.

Number 1

cause of pain and disability in the UK


describe it as debilitating and life-restricting

1 in 4

leave work or take early retirement


feel unable to take part in their favourite hobbies

Want to know more?To receive more information by email about arthritis, the work of Arthritis Research UK and how you can get involved, please fill in your details below

Your personal data will be stored and processed in accordance with the privacy policy