Newly Diagnosed

An arthritis diagnosis can feel overwhelming. But there are steps you can take to empower yourself to best manage your arthritis, so you can get back to doing what you love. Learning about your arthritis, starting the right treatment, making healthy lifestyle choices and more can all help ease pain and symptoms so you can live your best life. Use the information provided here to get started and take control of your health.

Take Control
Take Control

A new diagnosis can raise a lot of questions about the future, but there are things you can do to combat the uncertainty and loss of control.

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Telling Others
Telling Others

On top of managing your disease, knowing who to tell and how much about your new diagnosis can be challenging. These tips can help.

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Patient-Doctor Relationship
Patient-Doctor Relationship

An effective treatment plan starts with a productive relationship with your health care provider. These tips can help you establish trust between you and your doctor for the best care possible.

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Your Health, Your Coverage
Your Health, Your Coverage

Understanding how to get coverage and access to health care is key when you're newly diagnosed. Use these resources to help get the care you need.

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While medical care is key, you play a big role in controlling your arthritis and staying as healthy as possible. These self-management tips can help you successfully manage your disease.

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Newly Diagnosed Booklet
Newly Diagnosed Booklet

Part of managing arthritis is educating yourself as much as possible about the various treatments, lifestyle practices and medications that can help you stay healthy. This booklet is a good start.

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What You Need to Know
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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Words Of Wisdom

Patients Like You 

A new diagnosis can feel overwhelming and lonely, but you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. There’s a community of people who truly understand what you are going through, physically, mentally and emotionally. Listen to some words of wisdom that patients like you wish they had known when they were first diagnosed.

Understanding Arthritis

Learn what to expect from your disease, practical tips to help you manage it and other useful information.

Virtual Connect Groups

There are others in your local community who understand. Connect virtually to make new friends, share tips and get answers and support.

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Your Exercise Solution

Movement is medicine and Your Exercise Solution is a resource to help you create a physical activity routine — based on your ability level — with modifications developed by physical therapists.

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Contact Our Helpline

Staffed by licensed, clinical social workers, our Helpline helps thousands of people like you. Whatever you need, we are here for you.

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Partners for the Newly Diagnosed

Special thanks to Supporting Sponsors who help people with arthritis better understand and manage their disease.

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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.

I Want to Contribute
I Need Help
  • 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.