What is Arthritis?

Arthritis means the inflammation of joints.  An inflamed joint is usually red, swollen, warm and painful.

Arthritis is not a single condition.  There are more than 120 different types of Arthritis, which may affect one or more joints in the body.  Arthritis is not an old age disease.  Anyone from as young as 6 months old may develop Arthritis.

Arthritis sufferers, if not treated early, may face serious forms of disabilities that will reduce their quality of life.

Some forms of Arthritis are life threatening. Some types of arthritis can be prevented.  Effective treatment is available for most, if not all, forms of these diseases.

NAF Medical Pamphlets

An overview of each stated type of arthritis can be found in the medical pamphlets below.  The pamphlets are in English and Chinese.

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Behcet’s Disease
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Systematic Lupus Erythematosus

Local Support Groups

We currently have 3 local support groups, and they are:


More comprehensive information about the various Arthritic conditions can be found on the website of the Arthritis Foundation here.