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Your Guide to Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases

Welcome to Arthritis Guide - a helpful and comprehensive guide to arthritis. If you're reading this, either you or someone you know may be suffering from this crippling disease, and you are seeking additional information.

In an effort to assist people with arthritis and those looking to better understand this disease, we searched the Internet and found the most up-to-date information available from the Federal government. This information is presented here to simplify your search. We hope you find this material informative and beneficial.

Information is Key

Does pain in your knees ever leave you in so much discomfort that you have trouble sleeping? Do you have trouble getting out of bed because of pain in your joints? If so, you could be suffering from some form of arthritis, a musculoskeletal disease that causes painful inflammation in the joints.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and a major financial drain on the nation's health care system.

According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, arthritis and chronic joint symptoms affect nearly 70 million Americans, or about one of every three adults, making it one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. As the population ages, this number will increase dramatically.

Besides causing untold human suffering, the crippling disease also exacts a heavy financial toll. According to a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Presevention, Americans spent $51.1 billion on medical treatment for arthritis and related diseases in 1997, while lost earnings due to hospitalization, illness and disability added up to $35.1 billion.

Information and definitions of the medical conditions and diseases have been taken from various reliable government publications and we have done our best to verify their accuracy. If you feel any of the definitions are incorrect or needs to be updated please contact us and we will look into it.

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