If you or someone you know suffers from arthritis, take a look at the Web sites of these nationally and internationally known arthritis-related organizations. You will unearth information about different conditions, treatments, and more.
American Pain Foundation (APF)
The American Pain Foundation is a nonprofit information resource and patient advocacy organization serving people with pain. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by providing practical information for patients, raising public awareness and understanding of pain, and advocating against barriers to effective treatment.
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The foundation provides grants to researchers to help find a cure, prevention, or better treatment for arthritis. It also provides a large number of community-based services nationwide to make life with arthritis easier.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
In the Arthritis: The Nation's Leading Cause of Disability section, the CDC discusses the prevalence of arthritis and presents a comprehensive public health approach to reducing the burden of this disease in the United States.
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center provides a high-quality, interactive, educational program for healthcare professionals about diseases that cause arthritis and their treatments. This Web site focuses primarily on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis since these diseases serve as prototypes for inflammatory and degenerative joint diseases, respectively.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
NIAMS leads the federal government's research effort into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress to improve public health.