Take Control by Knowing Your Disease

With arthritis, knowledge is invaluable.

Many people with arthritis say that learning about their condition and what they can do about it gives them back a feeling of control over their lives and their health.

Arthritis – what is it?

Arthritis is not a single disease. The word ‘arthritis’ is a name for a group of more than 100 conditions that affect the joints. Arthritis can affect many different parts of the joint and nearly every joint in the body. People can be affected in all sorts of different ways but the most common symptoms of arthritis are pain, stiffness and swelling in one or more joints. The three most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Sometimes getting a true understanding about your condition can be a bit like a puzzle – information gives you the pieces bit by bit.

For more information refer to the following information sheets:

  • What is arthritis?
  • Different types of arthritis
  • Symptoms of the most common types of arthritis

Or to request your copy of ‘10 Steps to Living Well with Arthritis’ booklet, telephone the Arthritis Helpline on 1800 011 041.

“once you have a diagnosis, there is a lot you can do”

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