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September is Arthritis Awareness Month

September is Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is a disease that swells, stiffens and can damage irreversibly the moveable joints in the body. The inflammation it causes can affect internal organs and eyesight and can contribute to pre-mature death -- there is no cure.

People with arthritis live in pain, often severe, and are limited in their ability to go about day to day living. They have a higher than average battle with fatigue, poor mental health and an inability to stay employed due to the symptoms they experience.

By 2035, nearly 40% more people will have arthritis than today – that’s 8.5 million Canadians.

But arthritis is not seen as the serious disease that it is. This needs to change.

Do you have arthritis?

Arthritis affects more people than you realize, and it is more damaging than you think.

Early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis is critical to prevent long-term damage. If you’ve been experiencing persistent joint pain this could be a sign of arthritis.

Access our resources below to learn more about arthritis, including signs and symptoms.

Become an empowered patient

With the right knowledge, lifestyle, and treatment plan, you can manage your arthritis. Become an empowered patient by learning information and strategies to help you take an active role in your treatment to ensure you are getting the care you need. Discover the resources below.

  • Are you an empowered patient? Take our quiz to find out
  • Discover how you can become your own advocate in your healthcare journey
  • Sign up for our new flourish e-newsletter to receive health and wellness advice, self management tips, inspiration stories and much more for people affected by arthritis 

Our continued commitment to find innovative solutions, and a cure for arthritis

The Arthritis Society is proud to be Canada’s largest charitable funder of arthritis research. Since our founding in 1948, we have funded over $200 million in research projects that have led to breakthrough in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people affected by arthritis.

We continue to invest in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions to improve the lives of people living with arthritis, and find a cure for this devastating disease.