Completely new to arthritis? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about arthritis and how it is treated.
These pages give an introduction to the different types of arthritis and answers common questions, such as whether arthritis runs in families and why arthritis can make the person you care for feel so tired.
What is arthritis?
Key facts about arthritis: what it is, who it affects, and what causes it.
Types of arthritis
Gives a brief overview of the main types of arthritis and the differences between them.
FAQs about arthritis
Can the person I care for exercise? Does arthritis run in families? This page answers common questions about the condition.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting over 8 million people in the UK.
How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?
Looks at the process of diagnosing osteoarthritis and happens next.
How is it treated?
An overview of the treatment options available to someone with osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis, the second most common form of arthritis, is a disease which causes inflammation in your joints.
How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?
Looks at the process of diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis and what happens next.
How is it treated?
An overview of the different types of treatment that might be offered to someone with rheumatoid arthritis.
Types of treatment
The pages in this section go into more detail about the different treatment options for arthritis and what to expect.
FAQs about medication
Looks at what the different types of medication for arthritis do, and what to do if you’re worried about side effects.
Hip and knee replacement
This page looks at what happens if the person you care for needs to go into hospital for a hip or knee replacement, and how long recovery might take.
Other kinds of surgery
Looks at the different operations someone might be offered if they have arthritis and how you can help.
Covers the main types of therapy for arthritis: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and hydrotherapy.