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We’re glad that you have found ArthritisMD.com. We are confident that you will
be able to find all the information you need about arthritis at this site.
However, as you peruse through the web, you will find many other health websites
about arthritis. Some of these websites provide excellent information and others
may be trying to sell you something and/or may be of more questionable quality.
Other websites will explain topics in a slightly different way, or cover a
slightly different topic. As it is always a good idea to seek a second opinion
about your medical condition, it is also always a good idea to read and learn
about your disease process from multiple sources. In that spirit, we would like
to present you with a guide to some of the other websites we have identified.
Arthritis is one of the most common pain conditions in the United States. Its
widespread prevalence has generated many informational resources, many of which
appear on the internet. Amidst these hundreds of sites it is often difficult to
separate trustworthy information from unqualified opinion. The search for good
information can sometimes take hours and be very frustrating. No one should have
to spend their time on fruitless searches that lead nowhere. This article will
offer some suggestions about reliable online resources. Our goal in this article
is to enable you to better direct your arthritis education so that you can have
the highest quality of life.
ArthritisMD has no affiliation with any of the sites we will discuss.
In order to help organize your internet surfing and quest for more information,
we have arranged this article with specific topic headings so that you can find
the best sites for your particular needs.
The sites listed here cover all the topic headings listed in this article. In
some cases the specified sites discuss topics in greater detail.
Quick TOP 10
Obviously, we believe that our site is the most encompassing
Arthritis information site available, however, we do not wish to rank ourselves.
Therefore, we are not included in the following top ten sites:
1. Arthritis Foundation
2. Arthritis Society of Canada
4 American College of Rheumatology
5 Medline Plus
6 eMedicine Consumer Health
9 Mayday Pain Project
10Arthritis Care UK
1. Arthritis Foundation
o Overall: It is a great starting point from which to begin educating yourself
and the newsletter will provide updates. A unique feature that the Arthritis
Foundation offers is the notification of programs, discussions and lectures in
o Publishes the popular magazine “Arthritis Today.”
o A good comprehensive site with trustworthy information and option to receive a
o One of the best Q and A sections available, including the option to email or
telephone a specialist if your question is not answered.
o This site links to excellent information about many topics related to
o Includes a brief discussion of different medications.
2. Arthritis Society of Canada
o Overall: The information is comprehensive and reliable and the layout is very
easy to use. Click “Types of Arthritis” for background information and links to
very thorough information on many different types of arthritis.
o There is a tab called “Tips for Living Well,” that expertly deals with the
many facets of life and how to mitigate the challenges imposed by arthritis.
This is one of the best sources offering support and suggestions for assuring a
high quality of life.
Some types of arthritis are not discussed thoroughly, such as juvenile
o Overall: The articles and recommendations on this site are trustworthy, as
they are written by doctors and other health experts. However, it is sometimes
complicated to find the exact information you seek because of the sheer
magnitude of the site.
o Clicking on an article leads to an introduction page about, for example,
Exercise and Arthritis. From this page, a list of links may be followed that
will provide information in greater depth about more specific aspects of
exercise, such as what types of exercise to do.
o Topics are covered sufficiently, but are not as exhaustive as some other
4. American College of Rheumatology
o Overall: This association of rheumatologists aspires to educate patients,
doctors and the public about rheumatic diseases such as arthritis. The
information is highly reliable and well-presented.
o After clicking on “patient/public,” clicking the “patient education” tab will
connect you to abundant information about the different types of arthritis.
o An excellent discussion of 12 common types of medication provides honest
information free of bias. It is often difficult to learn about medications
without being offered to buy something. The American College of Rheumatology
does not even mention particular brands, it simply discusses the classes of
medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
o This site can help you locate a rheumatologist in your area.
5. Medline Plus
o Overall: This site is provided as a service of the National Institute of
Health, so the information is thorough and reliable. The site principally offers
links to other websites, many of them discussed in this article. These links are
also well-researched and will lead to reputable sources, such as the Arthritis
o A unique feature of this page is that current arthritis news is available.
6. eMedicine Consumer Health
o Overall: Clicking on a type of arthritis leads to a thorough discussion about
different considerations pertaining to the specific topic.
o Provides one of the best overviews about the development of osteoarthritis,
including numerous diagrams and definitions so that you can be more informed in
the discussions that you have with your doctor.
o Provides very clear indications about when to seek medical attention.
o Overall: Patients can search for any specific or general condition and the
site’s database of articles will select the most relevant ones. The format is
easy to use and predictable. Regardless of the type of arthritis you are
searching about, be it rheumatoid, gout or osteoporosis, the information layout
is consistent. The basics, such as describing the disease, the symptoms and the
treatments are all dealt with in-depth by certified doctors. Of note,
MedicineNet is actually an affiliate now of WebMD.
o Overall: This New York Times project provides reliable information about
managing the different types of arthritis.
o Thorough resource for drug information, offering links to descriptions of
o One of the most popular arthritis discussion forums on the web.
o The best feature of this online resource is the discussion of medications.
Different types of drugs and the many different brands of each type are listed.
Clicking on a drug leads to wholehealthmd.com or other sites, which offer
detailed information about the many aspects of each drug. These links make it
easier for you to learn about the seemingly endless list of medication options
o If, however, you are looking for a productive way to kill some time, About.com
offers hundreds of quizzes that may help you better understand your condition.
There are also numerous sponsored links each trying to sell you different
This information is often difficult to find, as the layout of the site is
confusing and haphazard.
Navigating this site is confusing and can be frustrating. Most topics offer
an introduction about a topic that is followed by a list of links to articles
about specific issues that are usually not particularly relevant. For example,
clicking “symptoms / diagnosis” leads to a seemingly endless list of articles
about specific symptoms of different types of arthritis. This is great if you
want to know exactly what defines a remission in rheumatoid arthritis. You very
well might have this exact question, but if you have others you might be left
with your initial query: “what are some of the common arthritis symptoms.”
9. Mayday Pain Project
o Overall: Offers links to its rating of the top ten arthritis internet
resources. However, this top ten list might be slightly outdated. Some of the
sites they suggest are indeed excellent, but others lack completeness and
Some of the links connect to business enterprises that are trying to sell you
something. If you want to buy medications or books you will have little trouble
finding such sites, however, this may not be your aim.
10. Arthritis Care UK
o Overall: This British website can be an excellent resource for people living
in the UK. The most impressive feature is the telephone helpline that is
available to anyone that purchases the $26 (15 pounds) membership.
o Site is run by volunteers with an interest in helping arthritis sufferers.
If you are beginning your education about arthritis or need to review some of
the basics, these websites should be very helpful. The top eight sites in the
“Comprehensive” category also provide abundant background information.
Quick Top 2
o Describes the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and types. There are links to
each type. Wikipedia’s article screening process ensures that the information is
reliable and up-to-date. The words in blue will link to other Wikipedia pages,
many of which may not be exactly what you want. For example, while reading about
arthritis, you may decide to click the surgery link in expectation of a
discussion of the pros and cons of this treatment strategy. What you will get is
a brief description of the history of surgery, beginning in about 7000 BC.
o A good starter resource. The basics are covered, but patients will quickly
amass questions that the site does not answer. The quick checklist gently
suggests that symptomatic individuals consult a doctor. There are animations for
OA and RA, both of which teach some basic anatomy while depicting the
development of each of these types of arthritis.
o This site is sponsored by Pfizer, but there are no attempts to sell products.
New information about arthritis is constantly emerging in scientific journals,
newspapers, magazine articles, billboards, TV and elsewhere. These suggested
resources will help you stay up-to-date with the latest stories and
breakthroughs from around the world.
Quick Top 6
1 Arthritis Daily
2 Medline Plus
3 Arthritis Research and Therapy
4 Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
5 Center Watch Clinical Trials Listing Service
6 National Institute on Aging
1. Arthritis Daily
o This site offers recent international news articles, ranging from op-ed pieces
to reports on scientists specific triumphs and setbacks in the search for a
2. Medline Plus
o This site, also listed in our Comprehensive category, has links to articles
posted on various websites.
o Articles are scientific and readable, usually dealing with cutting-edge
o Sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
3. Arthritis Research and Therapy
o If you are scientifically-inclined, this is the spot for you. If you just
can’t seem to quench your thirst for more current information, this online
journal takes the reader to a new level of understanding, the level of cells,
enzymes and protons. One can subscribe for a free 30-day trial in order to find
out if these cellular events are exciting and relevant.
4. Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
o Articles range from the very technical to the sociological. The articles are
all written by doctors, so the information is in-depth and trustworthy.
o Some of the articles may be challenging to read, as they use substantial
5. Center Watch Clinical Trials Listing Service
o If you want to participate in a clinical trial this is the site for you! If
you don’t, then don’t even bother.
6. National Institute on Aging
o There are numerous clinical trials that are recruiting volunteers for testing
products. These trials are not all specific to arthritis; some deal with
Alzheimer’s for example.
Information on this treatment option is available through many of the sites
listed in the Comprehensive category. One of the best surgery resources on the
internet offers exceptional and reliable information for anyone considering
surgery or interested in learning more about it.
1. Arthritis Foundation
o Offers excellent animations with descriptions of the procedure for 8 different
types of surgery.
o Comprehensive surgery guide that discusses alternatives and options.
Living with Arthritis
Here we have selected a couple of the best resources for managing and minimizing
Quick Top 3
1 Arthritis Society of Canada
2 Arthritis Foundation
1. Arthritis Society of Canada
o This site offers thorough and sensitive discussions of nutrition, physiology
and psychology. The information is very well presented and the site is easy to
o The “Tips for Living Well” take a holistic approach to arthritic pain.
2. Arthritis Foundation
o Includes 32 quick tips on how to manage your arthritis. Discussions of each
are very brief, but proving that “having a good laugh” is a good idea does not
require a whole lot of rambling. There are also some creative suggestions such
as appealing to a higher power. If you are at a loss for how to cope or are
looking for some new tricks, take a peak at this link.
o One of the most complete exercise discussions on the web. Exercise tips,
programs and related articles from Arthritis Today should help you design an
exercise program that is right for you. http://www.arthritis.org/conditions/exercise/default.asp
3. Allaboutarthritis.com (click “Living Well with Arthritis”)
o Sponsored by Johnson and Johnson. This site has a few simple tips, most of
them found on other sites. This information is brief and focused, so it is
useful as a quick reference.
o A unique and very useful feature of this site offers articles about specific
exercises and foods.
This type of bone disease, characterized by low bone density, afflicts
approximately 10 million Americans. Many of the sites already mentioned do
discuss it, but the ones listed below are reliable sites devoted exclusively to
Quick Top 4
1 International Osteoporosis Foundation
2 National Osteoporosis Foundation
3 Osteoporosis Canada
4 National Osteoporosis Society
1. International Osteoporosis Foundation
o Overall: Offers resources for health practitioners, donors and patients.
Specifically, the IOF offers thorough information of prevention, diagnosis and
o Adequate risk assessment quiz
o Personal stories of men and women are shared.
2. National Osteoporosis Foundation
o Overall: offers reliable information that patients, doctors and
philanthropists will find useful.
o Provides good background information, including a thorough FAQ section
o Excellent prevention information
o Unlike most sites, the NOF offers specific information for males, even though
they are less likely to develop osteoporosis.
o Links to current news about osteoporosis are provided
3. Osteoporosis Canada
o Overall: this site is similar in scope to that offered by the National
Osteoporosis Foundation. Resources exist for patients, doctors and donors. With
respect to patients, this site’s focus is calcium.
o Unique features of this site are the calcium recipes and the calcium
calculator. These features can help you easily monitor your calcium intake.
o The research links presented here are targeting doctors more than patients.
Usually the article links from NOF are more pertinent.
4. National Osteoporosis Society
o Overall: UK-based society that offers the barebones information on
osteoporosis. The major benefits of this site are likely received if you
purchase the $31 (18 pounds) membership fee.
American members are likely to benefit, but probably not as much as members
from the UK, since some of the resources they offer are based in United Kingdom.
Juvenile arthritis can be one of the most difficult things that a family deals
with. The sites listed below deal with this affliction sensitively and
Quick Top 3
1 American College of Rheumatology
2 Arthritis Foundation
3 Health A to Z
1. American College of Rheumatology
o The information here is accredited and trustworthy. The discussions are brief,
general and are useful for most people interested in learning more about
juvenile arthritis and how to deal with it.
2. Arthritis Foundation -
o One of the most complete online discussions of juvenile arthritis from a
o This site includes information on the different types of juvenile arthritis so
that you can personalize your information as much as possible.
o The exhaustive drug chart can help educate you about treatment regimens. As
always, this information, however comprehensive, should never substitute for
discussions with your physician.
3. Health A to Z
o This is a URAC-accredited site, meaning that it satisfies the highest level of
o Healthatoz.com is a vast website that deals with hundreds of health
afflictions. Concerning juvenile arthritis, this site provides a concise but
thorough report of its impacts on a youth’s life.
o A unique component of this site is a section on how family members can help
the psychology of an affected child.
No hay muchos sitios que ofrecen información en español, pero poco por poco mas
están desarrollando. Aquí presentamos algunos los que disponibles.
Los 4 Mejores
Nombre de la Pagina
1 Fundación de Artritis
2 Medline Plus
4 Instituto Nacional de envejecimiento
1. Arthritis Foundation
o El sitio entero es disponible por la gente que prefiere hablar o leer en
español. Sin embargo, la translación tiene unas diferencias al original, pero la
información es muy bueno y completo.
2. Medline Plus
o Todas las informaciones están ofrecido por el sitio de ingles están aquí
o Este sitio acreditado presente información muy buena, pero las discusiones son
4. National Institute on Aging
o Ofrece información básica sobre los tipos de artritis, los tratamientos y
Eric J. Leroux, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Pearl Kim, M.D., New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospital of
Columbia and Cornell, New York, NY
Cassandra M. Nunez, PhD., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ