Arthritis Foundation


About Us

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. We lead the fight for the arthritis community through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course and make each day another stride towards a cure.
 

Mission & Vision

What We Do: Conquer Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. We also publish Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.
 
 
 
Contact Us:
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION NATIONAL OFFICE
1355 Peachtree St NE, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30309 
404.872.7100
 
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION HELPLINE
1.844.571.HELP (Toll-free)

What Is Arthritis?

Doctor and patient looking at an xray
 
Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
 

Arthritis Pain Management

Woman with backpain

 
Understand why you hurt, and learn the different types of pain.
 
With arthritis comes joint pain. Yet do you know why your joints hurt so much? The series of events that ultimately make you reach for your ice pack or bottle of analgesics involves a complex interaction between your brain and body.Here’s a look inside the pain process, and how the type of pain you have determines its treatment.
 

When to Make an Appointment With Your Doctor

 
Doctor Visit
 
Joint symptoms may signal a serious type of arthritis that can cause permanent joint damage if treatment is delayed. Know what to watch for so you can take action. If you are having joint symptoms that cause concern, there are good reasons to see a doctor for an evaluation and diagnosis. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide when getting to the doctor for a diagnosis should be a priority.
 

Educational Resources