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Arthritis is a name for a group of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system specifically the joints (where two or more bones meet). There are over 100 forms of arthritis, each affecting the joints in different ways. The most common forms of arthritis include:


Current statistics indicate that in Australia, 1 in every 6 people will have some form of arthritis.


Diagnosing arthritis involves both a detailed history and medical examination. This will include looking at the patients:

Other tools used to diagnose arthritis include imaging tests such as X-rays / ultrasound/ MRI / CT Scans that will help identify any signs of inflammation, erosion or other signs of joint distress, but may not be necessary in all cases.


There is no cure for arthritis, unfortunately, but with the correct diagnosis, treatment can prove effective at controlling the symptoms therefore reducing pain associated with this chronic condition.

Management options include:

It is important to note that arthritis affects people in different ways and one person’s response to treatment will be different from another person’s. Your pain specialist will work out a plan on how best to treat you and your symptoms.

**This information sheet has been written for patients affected by arthritis and provides general information only**

References: Musculoskeletal Australia; Arthritis Foundation; Arthritis Australia; Pain Australia.

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