What is Arthritis?

Arthritis affects millions of people and is a painful condition that can render the affected joint dysfunctional.

Derived from the Greek word, ‘arthron’ meaning ‘joint’ and ‘itis’ meaning ‘inflammation’, ‘arthritis’ is not a new disease. It affects all mammals and has been identified in the skeletal remains of our Neolithic ancestors. Arthritis encompasses osteoarthritis and rheumatoid (inflammatory) arthritis and can adversely affect one, or all of the joints in the body. It is a painful condition that causes swelling and ultimately it can render the affected joint dysfunctional.

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What is Arthroplasty?

‘Arthroplasty’ involves the replacement of an arthritic or dysfunctional joint.

What can be done?

Hip replacement surgery is recognised as one of the great successes of modern medicine as it alleviates pain and restores mobility. However, the recommended treatment for arthritis will depend on its severity and although in the short term there are strategies that can be engaged to manage arthritis related problems, ultimately surgery is likely to present the most effective option, especially where multiple joints are involved.  


What do we do?

We undertake research into current technologies and surgical practice in joint replacement targeted at improving the performance of implants and survival outcomes to achieve greater longevity for arthritis patients.

Founded in 1994, the Arthroplasty for Arthritis Charity was established to provide funds for research into hip replacement. The hip joint remains the primary focus of the charity today, but we now have an expanded programme that includes research on other joint replacements and trauma.

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Charity Officials

Evert Smith
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Professor Nicholas Clarke
Professor of Orthopaedics - University of Southampton

Lady Elizabeth Anson
Sir Peter Walters
Wayne Sleep OBE
Bob Reeves Doctor of Laws honoris causa
Earl of Inchcape
Dame Jenni Murray DBE

Dr Daniela Smith
Mrs Susan Misir
Dr Diana Pomeroy
Dr David Coates
Mr Jeremy Latham 
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