Name Arthritis
Related to/Also known as

Inflammatory Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ankylosing Spondylitis

Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition involving inflammation of the joints, which may then become very painful.

Note that Arthritis is not a neurological condition; however, there are several conditions that come under both Arthritis and Neurological Conditions as an 'umbrella' term.


There are over 200 different types of arthritis.

The most common is Osteoarthritis, which usually develops gradually over a few years.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition which causes the joints in your body to become inflamed. It can be persistent or occur in flare-ups.

The Versus Arthritis website includes a list of types of aArthritis.

Useful national contacts

Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK have joined forces and are now Versus Arthritis
Link opens in new window www.versusarthritis.org
Free helpline 0800 5200 520, Monday-Friday, 9.00a.m.-8.00p.m. 
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window www.arthritiscare.org.uk/in-your-area

N.R.A.S. National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Link opens in new window www.nras.org.uk
Helpline: 0800 298 7650
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window www.nras.org.uk/groups
Children & young people 

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) (Versus Arthritis)
Link opens in new window www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis

Young people (Versus Arthritis)
Support for children and young people
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/y22ebufv

Online resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - what is it and where to go for information (Versus Arthritis)
Link opens in new window www.versusarthritis.org/news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19-what-is-it-and-where-to-go-for-information

Coronavirus and Rheumatoid Arthritis (NRAS)
Link opens in new window www.nras.org.uk/coronavirus-and-ra

Arthritis (NHS Choices website)
Link opens in new window www.nhs.uk/conditions/arthritis/pages/introduction.asp

RheumatoidArthritis.org (An American organisation with lots of information on their website)
Link opens in new window www.rheumatoidarthritis.org


 Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)

Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Arthritis and on a wide-range of disability related issues.

This includes copies of booklets by Arthritis Research UK.