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Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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A new me: Learning to live well with chronic conditions

Living with a chronic condition can be a challenge. Just ask Barb Welch. She lives with two of them. “I have diabetes and arthritis,” Welch says. “I have a lot of aches and pains.”

March 13, 2019

Function better with less pain: When to consider total joint replacement for arthritis

There is a wide variety of nonsurgical treatment options for mild and moderate arthritis, but once the damage is severe enough, it may be time to consider total joint replacement.

Scott Perkinson MD By Scott Perkinson March 30, 2017

A better understanding of rheumatology and arthritis

Under normal conditions, the immune system recognizes foreign invaders, like bacteria and viruses, and sweeps them away. However, when the immune system gets confused, it can attack normal body tissues, producing pain and swelling known as inflammation. Often, these inflammatory effects are first felt in the joints and are referred to as arthritis.

Sarah Davis CNP By Sarah Davis June 14, 2016

Finding the right medication helped Darlene Evenson get moving — and get rid of arthritis pain

Darlene Evenson of Holmen sounds a bit like Goldilocks when she talks about the process of finding a medication to treat her rheumatoid arthritis. “The first one hurt my liver, the second hurt my eyes,” she says. And the third one? Just right.

July 8, 2015

Reverse shoulder replacement allows patient to resume active lifestyle

Pain from an irreparable rotator cuff tear kept Fern Rediger from many of her favorite activities. But a reverse shoulder replacement procedure has her back gardening, quilting and playing with her great-grandchildren.

July 17, 2014


Arthritis is one of the most common health problems in the U.S. Millions of Americans have some form of arthritis that leads to pain, stiffness and loss of motion. Many of them are over the age of 65, but people of all ages, including children, can be affected.

Becky Ness PAC By Becky Ness May 16, 2014