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Inflammation of bone joints, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and sometimes change in structure. There are over 100 types of arthritis.

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A therapy in which thin needles are used to puncture the body at specific sites along energy pathways called meridians. Although still widely considered an alternative therapy, acupuncture is gaining ...

American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Health care; Arthritis

Organization that provides a professional, educational and research forum for rheumatologists and other people involved in the field of rheumatology across the country. The ACR helps determine, ...


Health care; Arthritis

A type of medication used to treat pain.


Health care; Arthritis

A process used before surgery or other medical procedures that induces partial or complete loss of sensation. Depending on the method of administration and area of the body that needs to be numbed, ...

ankylosing spondylitis (AS)

Health care; Arthritis

A form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine and sacroiliac joints (where the spine attaches to the pelvis). In severe cases, AS may cause the spine to grow together and to become rigid.


Health care; Arthritis

A class of drugs that were originally developed and used to treatment malaria but were later found to have effects on some forms of arthritis. The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is commonly ...

antinuclear antibody (ANA)

Health care; Arthritis

An abnormal protein directed against a cell’s nucleus (the “control center”). The presence of these autoantibodies in the body – particularly at high levels – often indicates a connective tissue ...

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