What is arthritis?

  • Arthritis is a name for a large group of conditions affecting the joints.
  • These conditions cause damage to the joints, usually resulting in pain and stiffness
  • Many different parts of the joint can be affected by arthritis
  • Nearly every joint in the body can be affected

There are over 100 forms of arthritis, the most common including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus)
  • Scleroderma

Information Sheets can be downloaded from the Arthritis Australia website – .  Click on “Arthritis Information” for:

  • Different types of arthritis
  • Arthritis and different parts of the body
  • Medical management
  • General management
  • Complementary therapies and supplements and
  • other information