Arthritis Organization Resources

Turn to worldwide, federal, state and local associations to stay informed about arthritis.

Get on their mailing lists and stay tuned to the latest information about new treatments, drug therapies, OTC medication, surgeries and other pain relief and prevention solutions. Keep their information handy in a file cabinet and online in your computer for quick, handy reference in times of pain and stress.

Here are some places to begin gathering information from:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
6300 North River Road Rosemont
Illinois 60018-4262
Phone (847) 823-7186 or (800) 346-AAOS
Fax (847) 823-8125
The AAOS offers educational and facility management services for orthopedic surgeons and allied health professionals. This organization, with over 16,000 members, also serves as an advocate for improved patient care. And they educate the general public about orthopedic science. Check out their “Public Education” area online for public service announcements, educational and other opportunities.

American College of Rheumatology (ACR)
1800 Century Place, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30345-4300
Phone: (404) 633-3777
Fax: (404) 633-1870
ACR is the professional organization of rheumatologists and associated health professionals; including psychologists, practicing physicians, nurses, research scientists, physical and occupational therapists and social workers. They focus on healing, preventing disability and curing over 100 types of arthritis and related disabling, sometimes fatal, disorders of the bones, muscles and joints. Visit their Patients and Public section online for educational, assistance and other information and articles.

American Pain Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 710
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4111
Toll-Free: 1-888-615-PAIN (7246)
The American Pain Foundation is a nonprofit information resource and patient advocacy group. They help people with pain. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by providing practical information for patients, raising public awareness and understanding of pain, and advocating against barriers to effective treatment. Subscribe to their print and online newsletters; back issues are archived online. And check out their online resource library with a specific section on arthritis and their free online Pain Action Guide.

Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 7669
Atlanta, GA 30357-0669
(800) 283-7800
The Arthritis Foundation works to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. They supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research. And they provide large number of community-based services including: grant opportunities, self-help courses, water and land-based exercise classes, support and home study groups,
instructional videotapes, public forums, free educational brochures and booklets, a national, bimonthly consumer magazine Arthritis Today, and continuing education courses and publications for health professionals. Join in their online communities, learn about upcoming events and programs and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Arthritis Division
1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, U.S.A
Tel: (404) 639-3311 / Public Inquiries: (404) 639-3534 / (800) 311-3435
The organization mentions lists arthritis in “The Nation’s Leading Cause of Disability” section. Check out their health communications, state-funded programs and research. Check out their most recent statistics on arthritis. Sign up for their free email alerts in English or Spanish.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Phone: (410) 550-2400
FAX: (410) 550-5601
The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center provides a easy-to-navigate, top-quality, interactive, educational site about arthritis, focusing mainly on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Click and Ask the Expert questions, communicate on their message board, head to the drug corner for the latest Drug Information Sheets, and more.