The word ‘arthritis’ means literally ‘inflammation of the joint’.  It is an umbrella term which covers a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions which affect the joints, the muscles and the connective tissues of the body. There are over a hundred musculoskeletal conditions.  The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

It is vital that you receive an accurate diagnosis of your condition before seeking treatment.  Call the free infoline on 1800 011 041 to speak to one of our trained health educators for advice on diagnosis and treatment options. Arthritis Queensland also provides a range of free booklets that will help you learn more about how to manage your condition.

For more information on how to download these free booklets, click here.

There are over 100 conditions that are classed as ‘arthritis’. Diagnosis and treatments differ for each condition.

Arthritis in Queensland

In 2007, there were 744,447 Queenslanders with arthritis, 18.1% of the population.

  • 399,001 are female, 53.6% of the arthritis population.
  • 345,445 are male, 46.4% of the arthritis population.
  • 461,557 are of working age (15 – 64 years), 62% of the arthritis population.

In 2007, the total cost of arthritis in Queensland was estimated as $4.53 billion

  • Health system costs of arthritis in Queensland were $841.4 million,
  • Other financial costs of $1.423billion, and
  • Cost of suffering of $2.266 billion

By 2050 it is projected that 1,755,000 Queenslanders will have arthritis, 23.4% of the population. Which represents:

  • 135.8% increase in persons, and
  • 29.7% increase in prevalence

Click on the images below to learn more about these common types of arthritis:

GoutOsteoarthritisRheumatoid ArthritisJuvenile Arthritis

Other Types of Arthritis

Psoriatic ArthritisAnkylosing SpondylitisFibromyalgia

Arthritis Booklets and Information Sheets

We also provide  information sheets and  booklets on other types of arthritis, as well as other topics related to management of the conditions.

Manage Your Arthritis

Learn about how to manage your arthritis here.