Arthritis is considered, in general terms, as inflammation of the joints. However there are over 120 different types of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions that can affect individuals from infancy to old age.
Arthritis is increasing in Australia, with statistics now showing 1 in 5 Australians have some form of musculoskeletal condition. Because of its progressive nature and chronicity, the cost of treating and living with arthritis is higher than for any other chronic illness.
Types of arthritis
Become a member of Arthritis NSW today!
Arthritis NSW offers a comprehensive membership program that aims to help people improve their quality of life and is working to keep NSW moving. At Arthritis NSW, our focus is to ensure that members are well-informed, educated and supported to aid in managing their condition and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
“Arthritis is one of those diseases that is confusing and causes huge dramas in people’s lives. Very little is known about the disease and it puts a lot of pressure on people’s lives. Arthritis NSW helps to alleviate that pressure and provide the information and support which is so important when going through such a confusing disease. I support Arthritis NSW because it is such a small team trying to make a big difference. Living with arthritis is so painful at times it’s nice to know there are people out there that understand and want to help.”
Kyle, who is in his 20s and has rheumatoid arthritis.