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An Arthritis Foundation, Is There One And What Do They Do?

May 12, 2008
If you talk about arthritis your not talking about just one disease, it is a name for more then 100 different diseases. There is probably not a part in the body that can not get inflamed or become painful because of this disease. Many types are common but two of them are the most diagnosed and they are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

We talk about osteoarthritis when the disease is the result of the effect of physical pressure on the body that results in wear and tear. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, happens because the immune system attacks the cell lining of the joint.

It is understandable that there are so many related foundations when you consider the fact that there is such a commonality between arthritic conditions. When an organization is based around one of the many related diseases and helps the patients who suffer from the disease then we consider it an arthritis foundation.

The Arthritis Foundation

The only national non-profit organization that supports all the, over 100, different types of arthritic variants and who are recognized for it is the, self titled, "Arthritis Foundation". They are one of the top centers out there the moment.

Another fact of this foundation is that they are the largest contributor to research in the world. They partner with a lot of other organizations out there and together they try to fight against this all to common but serious disease.

In Singapore the largest public organization for arthritis is The National Arthritis Foundation and they are registered charity over there. They are helping patients and their families. Their motto is to care for patients, do research and ultimately cure the disease. They also want to educate people around the world about the conditions of it.

The members of the National Arthritis Foundation come from all walks of life. Apart from the main organization they also oversee the "Juvenile Arthritis Club", the "Singapore Ankylosing Spondylitis Club" and the "Juvenile Lupus Club".

All these and other organizations are mostly volunteer clubs and need our support to survive and stay alive. They depend on donations made by people like you and me, donation in the form of money but also in the form of time we give up to help out on the different projects they undertake. Most of the research that is done these days is made possible because most foundations spend a big part of the donations they get on funding that research.

If you would like to find out more about an arthritis foundation close to you, then start a search on the internet. Maybe you are looking for a foundation that is more specific to your, or that of a family members, form the disease. Then also the internet is a good place to start you search.

Ask for references if you plan to make a donation, ask around if other people know the foundation if it is not a national known organization. You want to be sure that your money or your time is well spend.
About the Author
Jonathan Mitchell knows from personal experience what it means to wake up with pain. Telling the world about arthritis and the things you can't and can do with it is the reason his blog exists where he talks about subjects ranging from tysabri and arthritis side effects to pathophysiology of gout arthritis and everything in between.
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