About Arthritis

When it comes to living well with arthritis, one of the most important things you can do is learn about your condition. You need to know what type of arthritis you have, how it affects your body, and what treatments and self-management techniques can help you feel better. The information below will help you get started.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It can affect any joint but is most common in the knees, hip, spine, and hands. OA occurs when the cartilage — the tough, elastic tissue that cushions the joint — breaks down and wears away.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the second most common type of arthritis. It’s a chronic inflammatory condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues, causing joint pain and inflammation, among many other symptoms.

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ARTHRITIS Basics

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