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What is Arthritis?

ML24488Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Most people with arthritis will experience pain and difficulty moving around. Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis and, like them, you can take control of your symptoms and continue to have a good quality of life.

There are over 200 kinds of rheumatic diseases – the word rheumatic means aches and pains in joints, bones and muscles. Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Arthritis is not just a disease of older people – it can affect people of all ages, including children. It is not clear what causes arthritis and there is no cure at present. However, there is plenty you can do to manage your condition and lead a full and active life.

It’s very rewarding when someone comes up with a problem and we can help

John, Llanelli, Arthritis Champion Volunteer

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Membership of Arthritis Care helps us to continue to provide and improve our services to people with arthritis. Becoming a member of Arthritis Care is one of the best ways to make a real difference to the lives of everybody living with arthritis.