1. Each person is an individual and should be viewed as a person with a type of arthritis, rather than as a type of arthritis seen in a person.
2. There is no best treatment for everyone who has a particular type of arthritis, as each individual may respond differently to different treatments.
3. No single type of arthritis is always better or worse than another type.
4. Information and input from a person with arthritis can be as valuable in diagnosis and management as information from laboratory tests and X-rays.
5. In arthritis management, the emphasis is on improving function of joints and relieving pain.
6. Your doctor and health-care team need your involvement to help you to the fullest extent. People with arthritis and health professionals are partners in care.
7. Something can always be done to improve the situation for a person with arthritis.