Bones, Joints and Muscles

Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases

Arthritis is a category of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases may cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Read the Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases Overview ›

Eight Proven Treatments for Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a general term for more than 100 rheumatic diseases. More than 46 million Americans reported having diagnosed arthritis or chronic joint symptoms in a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Although there's no cure for arthritis, the symptoms can be treated effectively in many cases.

Try these eight proven arthritis treatments

Personal Story Network: The Experience of Joint Replacement Surgery

If you, or someone you know is considering joint replacement, you may find some comfort in reading what others went through. A few patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers generously share their stories about knee and hip replacement surgery in their own words in the hope that others will benefit from their experience and knowledge.

Read all joint replacement stories on the Personal Story Network

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Many people with fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed with arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, or some other type of pain-related condition. What does it take to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia?

Read More About the Tests and Procedures for Fibromyalgia

How 'Healthy' is Your Workstation?

People whose job puts them at a computer keyboard all day have reported a variety of health problems linked to work habits and workstation design, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  You can prevent many of these discomforts by arranging your workstation and computer components to accommodate your body and work tasks.

Try These Workstation Arrangement Tips

Preventing Disorders of the Bones, Joints and Muscles

Up to 30 percent of older adults who fall injure themselves seriously enough to impair their independence and increase their risk for premature death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These physical injuries are compounded by the emotional setbacks and confidence issues older adults often feel after even a single fall. Five Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck ›

Bones, Joints and Muscle Decision Guides

The word "diffuse" means widespread and refers to symptoms that are not localized to just one or a few areas. Instead, it is more or less all over, or at least in many areas. This guide is intended for people who feel muscle weakness and fatigue all over, and are working with a doctor to evaluate their symptoms. Begin Evaluating Your Weakness and Fatigue ›


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