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Resources for Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

Anatomy of a Joint

Joints are the areas where two or more bones meet. Most joints are mobile, allowing the bones to move.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Detailed information on ankylosing spondylitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Bursitis

A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions a joint. When a bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis.

Common Types of Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

Detailed information on the most common types of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, gout, infectious arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, low back pa

Gout

Gout is marked by inflamed, painful joints because of the formation of crystal deposits in them.

Infectious Arthritis

Infectious arthritis is an infection in the joint fluid and tissues. Different bacteria and viruses can infect a joint and usually are associated with a person's age.

Lyme Disease

Detailed information on Lyme disease, including ticks that transmit Lyme disease, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a chronic, degenerative, joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis associated with psoriasis, a chronic skin and nail disease.

Raynaud's Phenomenon

This disorder affects blood flow to the fingers and less frequently to the ears, toes, nipples, knees, or nose. Exposure to cold and emotional upset are the triggers.

Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a chronic, degenerative disease that can lead to scarring of the skin, joints, and other internal organs.

Topic Index - Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

Detailed information on the most common types of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, gout, infectious arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lyme disease, low back pa

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon—the tough cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Tendonitis can affect any tendon, but is most commonly seen in the wrist and fingers.

Fibromyalgia

Detailed information on fibromyalgia, including cause, triggers, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Women develop carpal tunnel syndrome three times more frequently than men. It usually occurs only in adults.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain can range from mild, dull, and annoying to persistent, severe, and disabling pain. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.
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