Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints which can be debilitating and even crippling. Arthritis is not a single disease, but rather a class of different diseases often called a "syndrome". This means that it can be caused by many different illnesses - each of which requires specific treatments. These articles explain the differences between various types of arthritis and offer additional resources both to enhance your understanding and to assist you in locating any aids which can help preserve independent living for anyone facing the challenge of arthritis. While not a substitute for the advice of a health care professional, we hope you find them useful.