Arthritis is America’s #1 cause of disability. Over 50 million Americans—including 1 in 4 adults—are affected by it.
Since 1996, October 12th has been declared World Arthritis Day. The purpose of this special day is to raise awareness of the disease by sharing information and support with patients, their caregivers, and the general public.
With that in mind, we offer this brief summary of facts about arthritis and the options for treating it.
What is Arthritis?
“Arthritis” is a catch-all term for over 100 types of joint diseases.
However, the most common type is osteoarthritis, which affects approximately 27 million Americans—or about half of all arthritis cases.
With osteoarthritis, the rubbery cartilage which cushions the ends of your bones wears away, causing bones to rub against each other, resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness. These symptoms typically develop gradually over time, rather than occurring suddenly.
What are the treatment options?
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
It’s important to stay active. Exercise strengthens the muscles that support painful joints, and helps preserve and increase range of motion. And since excess weight adds stress to painful joints, losing just a few pounds can make a big difference.
But it’s also important to get plenty of rest. Arthritic joints are easily fatigued, so you don’t want to overdo it. Pace yourself and conserve energy by taking periodic breaks throughout the day.
You should also eat a healthy, balanced diet. Doing so not only helps maintain a healthy weight, but adding foods with anti-inflammatory properties and that are rich in antioxidants can help control inflammation.
There are also numerous over-the-counter and prescription medicines that can help, such as analgesics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are available in various forms.
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Won’t you help us in spreading the world about World Arthritis Day by sharing this article with friends and family? Together, we can help improve the lives of the millions who suffer from this painful and all-too-common condition.