Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation (swelling) of the joints and bones. The main symptoms of arthritis include:

  • pain
  • stiffness
  • restricted movements of the joints
  • inflammation and swelling
  • warmth and redness of the skin over the joint


The most common forms of arthritis are:


One in every five people in Ireland is affected by arthritis. People of all ages are living with arthritis, not just the elderly - the average age of diagnosis for people with rheumatoid arthritis is 35.

There are many medical and non-medical arthritis treatments available that can help you to control your arthritis symptoms.

Useful Links

Arthritis Ireland
Arthritis Ireland provides vital services & info that makes a big difference to the quality of life of the one-in-five (915,000) in Ireland with arthritis.

Osteoarthritis - HSE
The symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis - HSE
The symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.


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