Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis1.
There are many types of arthritis (over 100 identified, and the number is growing). The types of arthritis range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis).
The causes of arthritis depend on the form of arthritis. Causes include injury (leading to osteoarthritis), metabolic abnormalities (such as gout and pseudogout), hereditary factors, the direct and indirect effect of infections (bacterial and viral), and a misdirected immune system with autoimmunity (such as in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus).
Those who suffer from arthritis are aware of the limitations arthritis can put on an individual’s life. They also know the need for innovative and more effective therapies to fight arthritis and make the lives of arthritis suffers easier each day.
If you suffer from arthritis, you may qualify for a research study assessing the safety and efficacy of an investigational treatment for this condition.
Qualified participants will be compensated for time and travel. Study medications and study related care are provided at no cost, without the need for health insurance.
Help us advance medical science and find new treatments for arthritis. Help us ease the pain experienced by those suffering with this condition. Take a moment to volunteer by completing the form below.
A Study Volunteer Specialist will contact you when a study fitting your interest is available.
1. What Is Arthritis? From http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php