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What is arthritis?
There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, but it is a disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, or in some cases, other body parts.
What causes arthritis?
The cause of arthritis is unknown, but scientists and researchers are working on identifying lifestyle and biological factors important to arthritis. Warning signs include pain, stiffness, occasional swelling and/or tenderness, difficulty moving a joint, and redness of a joint or of a nearby area.
How is arthritis diagnosed?
It is important to find out what type of arthritis you have because treatments are different for the various types of arthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to help slow or prevent damage that happens to joints during the first few years of arthritis. Your primary care doctor will likely refer you to a rheumatologist, which is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis.
How can I tell if I am at risk for getting arthritis?
You can take this quiz to look at your current joint health to see if you are at risk for getting arthritis or if you have the symptoms of arthritis. Click here for the Joint Health Quiz: http://www.arthritis.org/joint-health-quiz.php
How do I find a rheumatologist in my area?
Your primary care doctor will likely refer you to a rheumatologist, which is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis. You can also find a listing of board-certified rheumatologists on the Arthritis Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter web site here: http://www.arthritis.org/chapters/wisconsin/physician-list.php.
For more information on arthritis, please visit www.arthritis.org.