McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series


Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.

Arthritis Foundation

To Crack or Not to Crack!

Video about knuckle cracking and osteoarthritis

This video touches upon both the scientific biological aspect of knuckle cracking as well as the social aspect behind it. It aims to debunk the myth that knuckle cracking can cause osteoarthritis later in life.

[Click to view video about knuckle cracking and osteoarthritis]

Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Video about arthritis and cracking knuckles

Have you ever been told to stop cracking your knuckles beacuse it causes arthritis? Did you know that this is a myth? This video explains why knuckle cracking does not cause arthritis.

[Click to view video about cracking knuckles and arthritis]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms and Diagnosis

Video about symptoms and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis

This video presents an introduction to the rheumatoid arthritis including its prevalence and diagnosis.

[Click to view video about symptoms and diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatments

Video about treatments for rheumatoid arthritis

This video describes treatments and medications for rheumatoid arthritis.

[Click to view video about treatments for rheumatoid arthritis]

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Lifestyle Changes

Video about lifestyle changes and rheumatoid arthritis

This video discusses life style changes such as diet that would help patients living with rheumatoid arthritis.

[Click to view video about lifestyle changes and rheumatoid arthritis]