Arthritis Awareness Month

Nearly 5 million Canadians live each day with the pain of arthritis. That includes someone in your life – maybe it’s a loved one… maybe it’s you yourself.

September is Arthritis Awareness Month – an opportunity to consider what living with chronic pain means. Whatever form of arthritis you are dealing with, The Arthritis Society is here to help.

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The most common type of arthritis, affecting more than three million Canadians

Rheumatoid arthritis

An aggressive inflammatory disease that impacts the lining of the joints and causes pain, swelling, joint damage and deformity.

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis

Joints in the spine are the target of the immune “attack”, resulting in pain and stiffness in the back.


A chronic condition that affects the central nervous system, causing widespread musculoskeletal pain.

childhood arthritis
Childhood Arthritis

24,000 young Canadians live in pain from forms of arthritis that target children.

Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis

A type of inflammatory arthritis that usually appears together with a skin disease called psoriasis.

Understand Arthritis
Other types of arthritis

From gout to lupus to scleroderma, there are over 100 different forms of arthritis. Learn more about how these diseases leave Canadians living in pain.

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Arthritis Symptom Checker

Use this interactive tool to capture your symptoms and communicate them to your health care provider.



Discover Tools Discover Tools

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Online Arthritis Self-Management Courses

Free online education programs that help you manage your arthritis.

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Living Well With Arthritis

Programs, tools and resources to provide the information you need to best self-manage the disease and its symptoms.

Arthritis Medications A Reference Guide
Arthritis Medication Guide

A comprehensive guide written by experts, designed to offer detailed information on medications used to treat arthritis.

Arthritis Videos

Informative videos to help you manage and live well with arthritis.



Your Stories Your Stories

Steff Ivory Conover

A singer, actor, dancer and model living with osteoarthritis.

Rachel Janzen
Rachel Janzen

Rheumatoid arthritis: her frustration, pain and hope.

Jimmy Malyon

They both love to run and also live with ankylosing spondylitis.

Contessa Benson
Contessa Benson

My life has taken a different direction with fibromyalgia. As a wife and mother I will never give up.

Jessica Hamer an Max
Max Hamer

A day in the life of Max, a child with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Jen Solmes

Struck with psoriatic arthritis at age 19, here’s what life with the disease means now that I’m a mother.

Lynsey Hachey Kaleb backpack
Your Stories

Stories of those living with arthritis, those working to find a cure, and other Canadians touched by this disease.



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Your Impact

See how your action is making a different in the lives of Canadians living with arthritis.

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Help us support Canadians living with arthritis as we search for a cure. Make your gift today.

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