About Arthritis

Arthritis isn’t a singular condition. Understanding it is the first step in managing it.

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is not one disease. Learn about the different types of arthritis, how they differ and why it’s important.

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Recognizing the Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms are complicated and varied, but this checklist can help you and your doctor figure out what’s going on.

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When It's Time to See a Doctor for Joint Pain

Learn when you need to see a doctor for joint problems.

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Diagnosing Arthritis

Information about symptoms, health and lifestyle habits will help determine the type of arthritis you have.

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Types of Arthritis Pain

Get the basics about different kinds of joint disease and how each creates pain.

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Inflammation and the Immune System

Body-wide inflammation is at the root of most chronic diseases — and you may have more control over it than you think.

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Arthritis by the Numbers
60 million

Nearly 60 million adults are diagnosed with arthritis

1 in 4

1 in 4 adults have a type of arthritis


300,000 children have juvenile arthritis


There are over 100 arthritis related conditions

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Traditionally thought of as a disease related to aging and "wear and tear," osteoarthritis (OA) is now recognized as a disease of the whole joint. By far the most common form of arthritis, OA does not yet have any drugs that can slow or modify the disease, but there are effective therapies.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory, autoimmune condition that affects not only joints but also organs, including eyes. While it can have painful and debilitating effects if left untreated, there are effective therapies to help control RA and its symptoms.
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Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), an inflammatory, autoimmune condition, typically occurs with psoriasis. In addition to the effects on the skin, it attacks joints and can also affect internal organs and the eyes. Because its symptoms can be similar to those of other diseases, it can be tricky to diagnose.
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Axial Spondyloarthritis
Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) refers to several inflammatory arthritis diseases that affect the spine, but may also affect other joints as well as organs. Learn more about this family of diseases, how they're diagnosed and treated, and how you can control them.
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Gout is an inflammatory type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the body, causing sudden and intense attacks of pain in the joints. Learn more about medications and lifestyle changes that can be made to take control of gout.
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Juvenile Arthritis
Nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the United States live with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or other pediatric rheumatic diseases. These autoimmune diseases affect not only joints but also skin, eyes and internal organs. A diagnosis can be scary, but effective treatments are available.
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Newly Diagnosed?

What You Need to Know

Get guidance in this 4-part podcast series on building your health care team, hear words of wisdom from other patients and learn how to control the physical and emotional tolls arthritis can take.

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What You Need to Know

"You are not alone in your arthritis journey."

Dr. Carla Harwell, MD, Assoc. Program Director, Cleveland Medical Center
Navigating Arthritis
Newly Diagnosed Webinar

Navigating Arthritis

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a new diagnosis, hear from our panel of experts to learn about treatment basics, disease management and therapies that can help you.

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Join the Fight and Give Back
Join the Fight and Give Back
Our work depends on committed volunteers who lead our mission. You are our eyes and ears on the ground and pave the way. On the front lines every day, you expand our impact and open new doors to fuel our mission. We cannot conquer arthritis without you.
Join the Fight and Give Back

"Your team helps to advise, but you are in control."

Dr. Terence Starz, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine
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Get Involved

Help Conquer Arthritis

Whether you donate or volunteer, your generous contributions help fuel the support we’re able to provide to arthritis patients and their families.


Our team of a licensed, clinical social worker and trained staff understand arthritis and are here to help you. Also available in Spanish and other languages.

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Get Support

When you live with arthritis, it can feel isolating, but you're not alone. Meet other people like you who can help provide support and share solutions that work for them.

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Your Insurance Coverage

Our powerful resource will help you better understand health insurance options, choose the right coverage for arthritis treatments and explore financial assistance.

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Stay in the Know. Live in the Yes.

Get involved with the arthritis community. Tell us a little about yourself and, based on your interests, you’ll receive emails packed with the latest information and resources to live your best life and connect with others.

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  • Donate


    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer


    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

  • Partner


    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.


Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Gift Planning

I want information on ways to remember the AF in my will, trust or other financial planning vehicles.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

Become a Volunteer

More About Volunteering


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.