Muscle, bones and joints, or more technically, Musculoskeletal (MSK), issues can be brought on by a number of causes, such as acute trauma, the gradual ‘wear and tear’ of Osteoarthritis, or chronic, long-term conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis. There are often steps you can take, either to prevent MSK problems or help manage things better if you are already living with a condition. Connecting with others can help you understand how to do this. Below you’ll find user experiences grouped by disease type as well as communities run by expert nonprofits with a focus on particular kinds of muscle / joint issues.
Welcome to the community for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This is run by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and exists to help you find support and information from other people living with RA. You may be newly diagnosed or have had RA for some time or you might not have a diagnosis yet - everyone is welcome! NRAS also support people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and other forms of inflammatory arthritis. NRAS is a UK based charity providing support, information and advocacy for people with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, their families, friends and carers. Our vision is for everyone with RA to be able to live the life they want to. We have a helpline which is open Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 4.30pm and is free for landlines. We also have a huge range of free information booklets available to order or download from our website.
Our mission is to help people manage their arthritis, to live a more active life with less pain and, if possible, reduce their need for medical interventions. We have tips, anecdotes and tasty recipes on our website and we run self management events throughout the year and around the country. We also give talks on the benefits of healthy eating and exercise from our registered dietitian, with the aim of improving the lives of those with arthritis. We welcome discussions on all types of arthritis including rheumatoid, psoriatic, osteoarthritis and gout, the effects of diet and exercise or the latest research. Follow us on Twitter - twitter.com/Arthritis_ACTN
We’re a US-based non-profit searching for a cure to help an estimated 50 million Americans and 300,000 children afflicted with various forms of arthritis. This arthritis foundation is focused entirely on research. The Arthritis National Research Foundation is committed to funding cutting-edge research and pushing the field of arthritis research forward!