Arthritis is a group of over 100 medical conditions affecting the joints. These conditions are characterized by pain, swelling and stiffness of one or more joints.

Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system (which usually fights infection) attacks other systems in the body. This causes a myriad of chronic disease with a wide variety of symptoms. Any part of the body can be affected by these disorders. However, the joints and surrounding structures are involved in the majority of these conditions. Other commonly affected systems include the skin, muscles, tendons, mucous membranes and various solid organs such as the kidneys, lungs and heart. Blood tests often reveal abnormal antibodies, which may cause the autoimmune disease or serve as markers for its presence.

Bone Health

Osteoporosis is a condition of decreased bone mass. This leads to fragile bones which are at an increased risk for fractures. Osteoporosis is not a normal part of aging. It can be prevented, as well as diagnosed and treated before fractures occur.

Language Assistance Available