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World Arthritis Day

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October 12 has been dedicated to Arthritis Awareness.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 50 million Americans are living with Arthritis symptoms on a daily basis.  We write this article to help bring awareness to those who aren’t familiar with this disability and to also provide those living with Arthritis some tips on ways to reduce symptoms and live a happy, healthy life!

First things first, what is Arthritis?

The Arthritis Foundation states arthritis as a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders with many causes, not yet fully understood, so far there is no cure.  Arthritis consist of over 100 different diseases and conditions that break down and destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissue, which in turn affects physical movement (arthritis.org).

Stats

Did you know that arthritis is the most common disability among U.S. adults?  Between 2007-2009 nearly 50 percent of adults ages 65 and older have been diagnosed with some type of arthritis.  The CDC reports that by the year 2030, nearly 67 million Americans ages 18 years and older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

Currently, according to the CDC.gov;

  • One-quarter of adults experience severe pain
  • 45 percent report limitations in their daily activities
  • 15 percent report arthritis limits their ability to participate in regular social activities, such as; going to church, shopping, attending a sporting event, etc

Living with Arthritis

After diagnoses, get moving!  That is the theme for this year’s Arthritis Awareness Day.  “Move to Improve”.  What this means is through the pain, activity limitations, etc., arthritis can still be managed.  Below are a few things those who have been diagnosed can try to keep active and stay healthy.

  • Practice aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises
  • Physical activity may help those with arthritis manage other chronic diseases such as; diabetes and obesity
  • Participate in moderate-low impact activities (walking, swimming, dancing)
  • Participate in group classes with others who have been diagnosed with arthritis
  • Take some self-management education classes, these have been proven to help with one’s self efficacy, activity levels, depression, etc.
  • Keep in regular contact with your health-care provider

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Arthritis/

http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis_related_stats.htm

http://www.arthritis.org/media/newsroom/Arthritis_Prevalence_Fact_Sheet_5-31-11.pdf

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