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Associated Conditions    |    Decision Aids and Toolkits    |    CIRPD Webinars    |    Work Accommodation 

Arthritis Organizations

Knee joint

The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation, but it is often used to refer to a group of more than 100 diseases that can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and deformation in the joints. Some of these diseases may affect not only the joints but also supporting structures such as muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments as well as increase the risk for other health conditions. 

Evidence-based Arthritis Overviews  

Sponsor Organization
Arthritis Information
Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Consumer Experts
Living with Arthritis
National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders
Types of Arthritis
Arthritis Society Canada

Prevention or Disease Remission 

Some types of arthritis can be prevented while others can be dramatically stopped or slowed down if treated aggressively. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis, an inflammatory disease, is one of the types of arthritis that is best treated early and aggressively with “disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs” (DMARDs) that can prevent joint damage, reduce pain and reduce the risk of premature death. The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada has a great video with Dr. Diane Lacaille on Rheumatoid Arthritis and DMARDs.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a slow progressive disease that leads to pain, swelling, stiffness and decreased mobility. New research has found biomarkers in the blood and urine that can help detect early stages of osteoarthritis which can lead to early management of the disease. Early management includes weight loss, physical activity and muscle strengthening. Watch Dr. Joland Cibere discuss early detection and management, in Osteoarthritis is a Treatable Disease.  Some types of osteoarthritis can be dramatically reduced by avoiding or reducing injuries from contact sports.

Associated Conditions 

Cardiovascular Disease & Strokes – Some types of arthritis increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. Therefore it is important for people at greater risk of cardiovascular disease to take preventive action to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and to have their health provider regularly monitor signs and symptoms for disease.  


Decision Aids and Toolkits  

Sponsor Organization
Arthritis Lifestyle Management Guide
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Arthritis Interactive Tutorial
Medline Plus
Canadian Pain Toolkit - People in Pain Network
People in Pain Network
Check Up on Your Bones
National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders
Managing Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Workbook
Online Pain Toolkit
Pain Resource Centre
Canadian Pain Coalition
Pain Toolkit
Pain BC
Patient Decision Aids
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
The Mindfulness Solution to Pain: Step-by-Step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management
Youth Pain Toolkit in Development
People in Pain Network

​Related CIRPD Webinars   

Jordan Miller, PhD
Mel Pohl, M.D. DFASAM
Linda Li, PT, PhD
Kristin Baker, PhD
Mark Ware, MD
Louise Lydon, B.Sc., B.Sc. OT
Susan Holtzman, R Psych
Romayne Gallagher PhD
Jordan Miller, MSc PT
Linda Turner, RN, PhD
Ingrid Fedoroff Ph.D., R.Psych.
Neil Pearson, PT, MSc,  BA-BPHE, CYT, ERYT500

​Work Accommodation Information  

Sponsor Organization
Balancing Arthritis, Work, and Life
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Employers Advice
Sheffield Aches and Pains
Employment and Arthritis in Working Populations [in Canada]
Arthritis Community Research & Evaluation Uni
Employment and Arthritis: Making it Work
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Job Accommodation for People with Arthritis
Department of Labor
MS Society - Self-management toolkit for the workplace
MS Society
The quest for greater flexibility: Creative innovations for workers with arthritis
Institute for Work & Health
Tips for HR Professionals – Workplace accommodations for people with Arthritis
Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Tips for Managing Arthritis in the Workplace
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Work with Us
Mood Disorders Society of Canada and The Arthritis Society
Workplace "Accommodation": What is it and how does it apply?
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada

​Arthritis Organizations  

Age-Well Canada
Alberta Caregivers Research
American College of Rheumatology
American Pain Foundation
Arthritis Consumer Experts
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Arthritis Society of Canada
BC Directory of Health Researchers and Trainees
BC Fibromyalgia Society (BCFM)
Bone & Joint Decade
British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists (BCSOT)
Canadian Arthritis Network
Canadian Association on Gerontology
Canadian Pain Coalition
Canadian Pain Society
Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group
Dieticians of Canada
Families and Work Institute
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Neil Squire Society
Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia - Find a Physiotherapist
The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults
The Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis National Research Foundation
​Reviewed by Marc White PhD, Scientific & Executive Director, CIRPD (See Review Criteria)

Last Modified: 2/25/2016 2:40 PM