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Arthritis

Is arthritis in the hip, knee or other joints just a part of aging? Get the facts about arthritis, plus osteoarthritis causes, symptoms and treatment.

Introduction

You're experiencing some aches and pains and worry you may have arthritis. But is the source of your joint pain really arthritis—or could it be something else?

Here, you'll find information on arthritis, including the possible causes, symptoms, treatments and how it's diagnosed to begin with.

You'll also learn whether there's a difference between the terms "arthritis" and "osteoarthritis"—and you'll get the facts about psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

So, if you're experiencing worrisome signs or feel like you just can't be as active as you used to be, make appointment with your healthcare provider (HCP).

They can help diagnose your symptoms and, together, you'll find the best treatment options for your unique situation.

Arthritis causes

Older man with arthritis holding his cane and smiling in a pasture.

Does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? What about genetics? Being overweight? Or even the weather? Find out what some of the risk factors are for developing arthritis and when it may be time to get help.

Arthritis symptoms

You've probably heard that sore or painful joints are common symptom of arthritis. But can different types of arthritis also have different symptoms? Find out what to watch for with certain types of arthritis and when to call your HCP.

Arthritis diagnosis

Elderly woman clasping her hands with arthritis.

You may think you have arthritis in your knee, hip or elsewhere—but only your HCP can give you a proper diagnosis. Find out how arthritis is diagnosed, what procedures to expect and the importance the right diagnosis plays in putting you on the path to wellness.

Arthritis treatment

Are there foods to avoid with arthritis? What about certain exercises? Is medication or physical therapy an option? Depending on your lifestyle and your needs, find out if your HCP may suggest certain diets, exercises or medications—or even a combination of therapies—to help you feel your best. Read about some of the treatments available and how they work to get you back on your feet again.

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