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.

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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Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Usually only people who have the skin disease psoriasis are affected by PsA. But only 10 to 20% of people living with psoriasis will develop PsA.

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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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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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