Acronyms for Arthritis Conditions

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Healthcare workers seem to have their own code and speak their own language at times. Overhearing their conversations, which often include abbreviations and acronyms, can make your head spin. Communicating with doctors, nurses, and technicians are made easier if you have a good grasp of medical jargon. You will relax and feel more in control when you feel your healthcare team is talking to you and not talking above you and your level of comprehension.

The following compilation of acronyms correlates with the various types of arthritis, as well as the tests and treatments which are associated with arthritic diseases. Use this list as a reference while you familiarize yourself with the "​arthri-lingo" which often is used as a shortcut for hard-to-say, hard-to-spell medical terms.

Diseases and Conditions

AOSD - Adult Onset Still's Disease

AS - Ankylosing Spondylitis

AVN - Avascular Necrosis

CPPD - Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate

CTS - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CREST - Calcinosis, Raynaud's, Esophagus disease, Sclerodactyly, Telangiectasia

DDD - Degenerative Disk Disease

DISH - Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

DJD - Degenerative Joint Disease

EDS - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

FMS - Fibromyalgia Syndrome

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

JRA - Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

JH - Joint Hypermobility

MCTD - Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

OA - Osteoarthritis

PMR - Polymyalgia Rheumatica

PA - Psoriatic Arthritis

RA - Rheumatoid Arthritis

RSD - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

RLS - Restless Leg Syndrome

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

SLE - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

SS - Sjogren's Syndrome

TMJ - Temporomandibular Joints

UCTS - Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Syndrome


ASA - Acetyl salicylic acid (aspirin)

COX - Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors

DMARDs - Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs

MTX - Methotrexate

NSAIDs - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs


DMSO - Dimethyl sulfoxide

MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane

SAM-e - S-adenosyl-methionine

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