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Web Links: Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine. Osteoarthritis symptoms can usually be effectively managed, although the underlying process cannot be reversed. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and other treatments may slow progression of the disease and help improve pain and joint function.

Arthritis Advice (National Institute on Aging) 

Osteoarthritis (Mayo Clinic) 

Occupational and Physical Therapy for Arthritis (Cleveland Clinic) 

Joint Replacement Surgery and You (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

Arthritis Drug Information Sheets (Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center)  

MedlinePlus – Arthritis 




NC Services & Support

Rheumatology, Allegery and Immunology (UNC at Chapel Hill)
(919) 966-4191

Integrative Medicine Consult Service (UNC at Chapel Hill)
(919) 966-8586

Arthritis Foundation Carolinas Chapter 
(800) 883-8806

American College of Rheumatology Membership Directory – North Carolina


Recommended Books on Arthritis

The Arthritis Helpbook: A Tested Self-Management Program for Coping with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Kate Lorig and James F. Fries (2006)

Offering a practical program to help people with arthritis and fibromyalgia manage their conditions, The Arthritis Helpbook provides techniques proven to reduce pain and increase dexterity, helping sufferers to regain control of their lives.

The First Year: Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
M. E. A. McNeil, Kenneth Sack (2006)

From the first moment of her diagnosis, author M.E.A. McNeil took charge and educated herself on every aspect of her condition. Now, as a "patient-expert," she guides those newly diagnosed step-by-step through their first year with RA. 

British Pain Society – Suggested Reading List

There are many self-help books available about managing pain, and more are published each year. Some are written by people who have pain, and some by people who work with those affected by pain. All the titles below have been recommended to us. They are currently in print and should be available from most book shops.


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