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About arthritis & related disorders

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more of your joints. Along with several arthritis-related disorders, it's very common in New Zealand. There are at least 140 different types of arthritis and arthritis-related disorders, which affect people of all ages, from young babies to older adults.

There's no single cause of arthritis, but several things seem to increase the likelihood of getting it:

Although there's no cure for arthritis, there are many treatments that can relieve your symptoms and slow down the speed at which it gets worse. With proper treatment, many people with arthritis are able to manage their pain, remain active, and lead fulfilling lives.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by rheumatologist, Department of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2017.

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