Articles for Patients


  1. Ankylosing Spondylitis.
  2. Arthritis Foundation.
  3. Aspirin and Related Drugs (NSAIDs).
  4. Back Pain.
  5. Basics of Surgery for Arthritis.
  6. Behcet's Disease.
  7. Bursitis, Tendinitis, and Other Soft Tissue Rheumatic Syndromes.
  8. CPPD Deposition Disease.
  9. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  10. College and Arthritis.
  11. Continuing Medical Education: Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
  12. Continuing Medical Education: Spondyloarthropathies
  13. Continuing Medical Education: Synovitis.
  14. Continuing Medical Education: Understanding Osteoarthritis.
  15. Corticosteroids for Arthritis.
  16. CPPD Deposition Disease
  17. Cytotoxic Drugs.
  18. Diabetes Basics.
  19. Diet and Arthritis.
  20. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
  21. Exercise and Arthritis.
  22. Exercise Movies for Arthritis.
  23. Families and arthritis.
  24. Fatigue.
  25. Fibromyalgia.
  26. Frequently Asked Questions about Arthritis Medications.
  27. Frequently Asked Questions about Arthritis.
  28. Frequently Asked Questions about Living with Arthritis.
  29. Gold Treatment.
  30. Gout.
  31. Infectious Arthritis.
  32. Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  33. Joints.
  34. Juvenile Arthritis.
  35. Lab Tests.
  36. Lupus Erythematosus.
  37. Lyme disease.
  38. Managing Arthritis Pain.
  39. Marfan Syndrome.
  40. Methotrexate.
  41. Myositis.
  42. Osteoarthritis.
  43. Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
  44. Osteonecrosis.
  45. Osteoporosis.
  46. Paget's Disease.
  47. Polyarteritis.
  48. Polymyalgia Rheumatica.
  49. Pregnancy and Arthritis.
  50. Psoriatic Arthritis.
  51. Raynaud's Phenomenon.
  52. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome.
  53. Reiter's Syndrome.
  54. Research on Arthritis.
  55. Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  56. Scleroderma.
  57. Sex and Arthritis.
  58. Sjogren's Syndrome.
  59. Stress and Arthritis.
  60. Technical Information: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia.
  61. Travel and Arthritis.
  62. Unproven Remedies for Arthritis.
  63. Using Joints Wisely.
  64. Vocational Rehabilitation.
  65. Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.
  66. Water Exercises.
  67. Work and Arthritis.
  68. Working with Your Doctor.

    Arthritis Basics

    The word "arthritis" literally means joint inflammation ("arthr-" means joint; "-itis" means inflammation). It refers to more than 100 different diseases. These diseases usually affect the area in or around joints, such as muscles and tendons. Some of these diseases can also affect other parts of the body, including the skin and internal organs. Arthritis usually causes stiffness, pain and fatigue.

    Over 43 million Americans, or one in every seven people, have arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It affects people of all ages, but it most often comes on as a person gets older.

    The articles in this section offer information about the basics of arthritis and the main support groups for people with arthritis.


    1. Arthritis Foundation
    2. Frequently Asked Questions about Arthritis
    3. Joints
    4. Washington/Alaska Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation
     
    Arthritic Conditions

    There are many types of arthritis. Most forms of arthritis are chronic, which means they may last a lifetime.

    Arthritis most often affects areas in or around joints. Joints are parts of the body where bones meet, such as your knee. The ends of the bones are covered by cartilage, a spongy material that acts as a shock absorber to keep bones from rubbing together. The joint is enclosed in a capsule called the synovium. The synovium's lining releases a slippery fluid that helps the joint move smoothly and easily. Muscles and tendons support the joint and help you move. Different types of arthritis can affect one or more parts of a joint. This often results in a change of shape and alignment in the joints. 

    Certain types of arthritis can also affect other parts of the body such as the skin and internal organs. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. It is important to know which type of arthritis you have so you can treat it properly. If you don't know which type you have, call your doctor or ask during your next visit.
    1. Ankylosing Spondylitis
    2. Back Pain
    3. Behcet's Disease
    4. Bursitis, Tendinitis, and Other Soft Tissue Rheumatic Syndromes
    5. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    6. CPPD Deposition Disease
    7. Diabetes Basics
    8. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
    9. Fibromyalgia
    10. Gout
    11. Infectious Arthritis
    12. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    13. Juvenile Arthritis
    14. Lupus Erythematosus
    15. Lyme disease
    16. Marfan Syndrome
    17. Myositis
    18. Osteoarthritis
    19. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
    20. Osteonecrosis
    21. Osteoporosis
    22. Paget's Disease
    23. Polyarteritis
    24. Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    25. Psoriatic Arthritis
    26. Raynaud's Phenomenon
    27. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
    28. Reiter's Syndrome
    29. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    30. Scleroderma
    31. Sjogren's Syndrome
    Living with Arthritis

    Almost all people who have arthritis find that it affects their lives in some way. It can affect their everyday activities, their jobs, their financial resources or their relationships with family and friends.

    Arthritis is not easy to live with, but there is much you can do to change, overcome, or cope with the problems it presents. Your doctor and other members of your health care team can recommend medications, special exercises, joint protection techniques and devices, and other self-care activities. Keeping a positive attitude is also important. A positive attitude will let you see solutions to your problems in a better light. 

    1. College and Arthritis
    2. Diet and Arthritis
    3. Exercise and Arthritis
    4. Exercise Movies
    5. Families and arthritis
    6. Fatigue
    7. Frequently Asked Questions about Living with Arthritis
    8. Lab Tests
    9. Managing Arthritis Pain
    10. Pregnancy and Arthritis
    11. Research on Arthritis
    12. Sex and Arthritis
    13. Stress and Arthritis
    14. Travel and Arthritis
    15. Unproven Remedies for Arthritis
    16. Using Joints Wisely
    17. Vocational Rehabilitation
    18. Water Exercises
    19. Work and Arthritis
    20. Working with Your Doctor
    Medications for Arthritis

    This section provides an overview of some of the medications used to treat arthritis. It provides general information only and does not replace specific information given to you by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Be sure to consult one of them if you have questions.
    1. Aspirin and Related Drugs (NSAIDs)
    2. Corticosteroids for Arthritis
    3. Cytotoxic Drugs
    4. Frequently Asked Questions about Arthritis Medications
    5. Gold Treatment
    6. Methotrexate
    Surgery for Arthritis

    Arthritis is usually a chronic condition and sometimes can lead to disability. However, there are many ways you and your doctor can lessen these problems. One of the ways may be surgery. Joint surgery can offer several benefits: 

    Relief of pain is the most important benefit of joint surgery. Many people with arthritis have constant pain. Some of this pain can be relieved by rest, heat and cold treatments, exercise, splints, and medication. When these therapies don't lessen the pain, surgery may be considered.
     
    Improved movement and use of a joint are also important benefits of joint surgery. Continuous inflammation and the wearing away of bone and cartilage can cause joints, tendons, and ligaments to become damaged or pulled out of place. Losing the use of a joint, such as a hip, knee, hand, elbow or shoulder, can seriously hamper a person's activities. When this happens, surgery to replace or stabilize the joint may be suggested.
    An improvement in the appearance of deformed joints, especially in the hand, can be expected with some types of surgery.
    To learn more about surgery for arthritis, try reading the Basics of Surgery for Arthritis article, or read through the list on the left to find an article about surgery for a specific area of the body.

    1. Basics of Surgery for Arthritis
    2. Hand Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
    3. Knee Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
    4. Spine Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
    5. Total Knee Replacement: A Patient's Guide
    6. Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis: Surgery with a dependable, time-tested conservative prosthesis and accelerated rehabilitation can lessen pain and improve function in shoulders with arthritis
    7. Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: A Patient's Guide to Partial Knee Replacement using Minimally-Invasive Surgery (MIS) Techniques
    8. What is Hip Replacement? A Review of Total Hip Arthroplasty, Hip Resurfacing, and Minimally-Invasive Hip Surgery

    Technical Information

    This section includes articles about arthritis topics aimed at medical professionals. Some of the articles are continuing medical education (CME) materials.

    The Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission requires each currently licensed physician to obtain 200 hours of continuing medical education (CME) within four years prior to the reporting year. The University of Washington aims to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians and other practitioners. Several online courses can be viewed at no charge at the UW CME web site. You are welcome to learn from them on an informal basis.

    The four CME articles listed here are provided by the University of Washington Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for anyone who would like to learn from them.

    1. Continuing Medical Education: Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    2. Continuing Medical Education: Spondyloarthropathies
    3. Continuing Medical Education: Synovitis
    4. Continuing Medical Education: Understanding Osteoarthritis
    5. Technical Information: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia