Don't  delay - arthritis is a serious condition. The sooner you seek help the better.


Don't Delay! 

Arthritis is a serious condition. Some forms of arthritis can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.  The earlier you seek help the better. It's vital that you receive an accurate diagnosis of your condition before beginning treatment.  Speak to your GP as soon as possible.

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. These are some of the most common types.

Non-Inflammatory vs inflammatory arthritis 

Most types of arthritis are placed into two main categories, Non-Inflammatory Arthritis and Inflammatory Arthritis.
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Osteoarthritis 

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It affects over 2.1 million Australians and is treatable.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

RA is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints. 1% of Australians live with RA.

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Gout

Gout is a common and very painful condition which occurs when small crystals form in joints.

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Juvenile Arthritis 

Around 6,000 Australian children live with a form of arthritis. The most common diagnosis is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia causes generalised pain, muscle stiffness and extreme fatigue. It seems to caused by an over-active pain system.

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Haemochromatosis and Haemochromatotic Arthritis

This condition is caused by build up of iron in your body.

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Sjogren's Syndrome 

Sjogren's Syndrome is an autoimmune condition which can result in extremely dry eyes and mouth.

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Polymyalgia Rheumatica 

Polymyalgia rheumatica means "pain in many muscles".

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Reactive Arthritis  

This form of arthritis usually develops after an infection.

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Ross River virus & Barmah Forest virus 

These infections are spread through mosquito bites and result in joint inflammation and pain.

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Scleroderma 

Scleroderma is an autoimmune condition which results in excess collagen being produced.

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spondyloarthritis

Spondyloarthritis is a name for types of arthritis that commonly affect the spine. 

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Ankylosing Spondylitis 

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a disease causing inflammation and pain in the spine.

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Lupus 

Systemic lupus erythematosus (also called SLE or lupus) can impact not only joints but also various organs, such as kidneys and the brain.

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Giant cell arteritis

Giant Cell Arteritis is an auto-immune disease that can affect the main artery in the heart and smaller blood vessels in the head. 

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Back Pain

Back pain can stop you from being able to move, work and get a good night’s sleep. Even the simplest of everyday tasks can be painful.

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Hip arthritis

The Hips are one of the most common places in the body which can be affected by arthritis.

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managing multiple types of arthritis

It is not uncommon for someone living with arthritis to be diagnosed with more than one arthritic condition. 

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