The Essential Guide

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(3 customer reviews)

Arthritis describes a range of conditions affecting muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue in various parts of the body. Generally speaking, it causes joints to stiffen and become inflamed; sometimes after injury, or because of a virus. Genetics play a part too. There are around 200 different forms of arthritis, ranging from osteoarthritis – essentially wear and tear to the joint and the most common type – to auto immune forms, like rheumatoid arthritis, when the body attacks its own tissues by mistake. With so many different types of arthritis, it’s important to push for the right diagnosis. And although there’s no cure for arthritis, new treatments are being developed all the time to improve quality of life for sufferers. If you’re looking for answers, this essential guide will provide them; and show that by staying positive, keeping mobile and getting the right treatment, you can manage your condition effectively – and get on with the rest of your life. Author: Gill Carrick

Chapter Headings

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Seronegative Arthritis: Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)

Lupus (SLE)

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)

Fibromyalgia (FM)


Arthritis – The Future

Complementary Therapies

Diet and Excercise

Help List 


Author Bio 

Gill Carrick is a feature writer and author who specialises in health and lifestyle. She has also presented for BBC radio.

In 2010 she was diagnosed with seronegative (reactive) arthritis following a knee injury. With the right treatment and exercise, she has been able to manage her condition effectively.

Gill can be contacted through her website:

Customer Reviews...

PMR-GCA Scotland (via Amazon) -
This work provides a mini overview of eight specific types of the most common arthritic conditions. It covers diagnosis, treatment, care and self management of the diseases which is all extremely helpful. The author demonstrates how to take control of these conditions which can be very debilitaing if severely affected. She has researched each condition very carefully and condensed her findings into very easily read and understood helpful information.


Mrs. D. M. Saintebarbe-ward (via Amazon) -
I really liked the chapters on how osteo-arthritis develops and the section on diet. I never realised how what you eat is so important and can help control symptons. Women over 50 (as I am) will find it particularly helpful. An really enjoyable read!


Sherbert007 (via Amazon) -
This book really helped me when I had just been diagnosed and didn't know where to start. No jargon, really easy to understand and helped me manage my arthritis effectively. I would strongly recommend.


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