Understanding arthritis

Completely new to arthritis? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about your condition and how it is treated.

Understanding arthritis

Completely new to arthritis? Or looking to learn more? This section is here to answer all of your questions about your condition and how it is treated.

Basic facts

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 you feel tired.

What is arthritis?

Key facts about arthritis: what it is, who it affects, and what causes it.

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Types of arthritis

Gives a brief overview of the main types of arthritis and dealing with a diagnostic label.

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FAQs about arthritis

Will I need to have surgery? How do I exercise safely? This page answers common questions about arthritis.

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Osteoarthritis

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 what to expect from you first appointment.

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How is it treated?

An overview of your treatment options and when each type of treatment might be considered.

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Rheumatoid arthritis

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 to expect from you first appointment.

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How is it treated?

An overview of your treatment options and when each type of treatment might be considered.

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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.

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Hip and knee replacement

This page looks at what to expect if you need to go into hospital for a hip or knee replacement, and how long recovery might take.

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Other kinds of surgery

Looks at the different operations you might be offered if you have arthritis, and how to prepare.

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Therapies

Covers the main types of therapy for arthritis: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and hydrotherapy.

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