Forms of Arthritis

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With over 140 different forms of arthritis it is not possible for us to have a dedicated page for each of these. If you are diagnosed with a form of arthritis e.g. sjogrens, that is not listed here please make contact with an Arthritis Educator on 0800 663 463 or use the Contact us form.

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Osteoarthritis
- Often referred to as “wear and tear” on the bones.
- Almost half of all people over the age of 60 and virtually all over the age of 80 will have osteoarthritis.
- Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the third most common form of arthritis.
- Approximately 87,000 New Zealanders have RA and it can occur at any age.
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Ankylosing Spondylitis
- AS is a type of Arthritis that affects one in six New Zealanders over the age of 15 year.
- It affects more men than women and can be hereditary.
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Fibromyalgia
- Fibromyalgia is a type of Arthritis that affects one in six New Zealanders over the age of 15 years.
- It affects more women than men.
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Gout
-Gout is the second most common form of arthritis in New Zealand. It's not just your kai (food) that gives you gout; having a high level of uric acid is also in your genes.
- Gout is very treatable. Getting gout also means you have a higher chance of getting heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, so a regular check-up is important for people who get gout.
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Lupus
- Lupus is a form of arthritis that can affect joints, muscles and even the skin
- About ten times more women than men get it
- Lupus can mimic many other conditions. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose
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Scleroderma
- Scleroderma affects around one in a thousand New Zealanders
- Scleroderma affects more women than men
- Can occur at any age but the peak is 40–60 years
- Rarely occurs in more than one family member.

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