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For more information on arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, contact any of the following organizations:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
6300 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018-4262
Tel: (847) 823-7186, (800) 346-AAOS
Fax: (847) 823-8125
Fax-on-Demand: (800) 999-2939
Web Site:

The academy provides education and self-help services for orthopaedic surgeons (doctors) and other health providers. It supports improved patient care and informs the public about the science of orthopaedics (bone and joint health).

American College of Rheumatology
1800 Century Place, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-3777
Fax: (404) 633-1870
Web Site:

This association provides referrals to doctors and health professionals who work on arthritis, rheumatic diseases, and related conditions. The association also provides educational materials and guidelines.

Arthritis Foundation
1330 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tel: (404) 872-7100 or (800) 283-7800
Web Site:

This is the main voluntary organization devoted to arthritis. The foundation publishes a monthly magazine for members that provides up-to-date information on arthritis. The foundation can also provide physician and clinical referrals.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health

1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
Tel: (301) 495-4484 or (877) 22-NIAMS (226-4267)
TTY: (301) 565-2966
Fax: (301) 718-6366
Web Site:

NIAMS provides information about skin diseases, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, and bone, muscle, and joint diseases. It distributes patient and professional education materials and refers people to other sources of information. Additional information and updates can be found on the NIAMS Web site.

Spondylitis Association of America
P.O. Box 5872
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Tel: (818) 981-1616 or (800) 777-8189
Web Site:

This is the main voluntary organization devoted to all forms of spondylitis, including reactive arthritis. The association publishes patient and professional materials and a newsletter for members.

Information and definitions of the medical conditions and diseases have been taken from various reliable government publications and we have done our best to verify their accuracy. If you feel any of the definitions are incorrect or needs to be updated please contact us and we will look into it.

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