Arthritis Treatment

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Arthritis Treatment and Management Techniques

Arthritis affects an estimated 50 million adults in the US, covering over 100 different rheumatic conditions and diseases.  It is more common in adults over the age of 65, but as the US population ages its estimated that by 2030 around 67 million people in the US will suffer from some form of arthritis . . . that’s an awful lot of people. Arthritis severely limits your ability to get around with symptoms like;

  • joint pain
  • aching
  • swelling of the joints
  • stiffness

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that it’s an old folks problem and you’ll be fine for many years to come . . . although it is more prevalent amongst the over 65 years old, it can affect people from all age groups, even children.  A higher proportion of women than men suffer from arthritis in each age group, but all racial and ethnic groups can be equally affected. One fact which is definitely worth mentioning right now . . . it’s more prevalent in adults who are overweight or obese . . . those of normal weight or who weigh less than average are less likely to suffer from arthritis.

Arthritis and Disability

Arthritis stops you from getting around . . . it’s actually the most common cause of disability amongst Americans, with 21 million suffering limited activity as a direct result of arthritis, and limits the working ability of around 7 million people between the ages of 18 and 64. Arthritis really is stopping a lot of people in their tracks, often prematurely, but what can we do about it?

Arthritis Treatment and Management

Arthritis management techniques might not be able to rid a sufferer of their arthritis symptoms completely, but as it suggests, they can certainly make the arthritis more manageable. 

    • Physical Activity – people who suffer from arthritis often shy away from physical activity in the fear that it will make their pains and symptoms even worse . . . but this is the worst thing that they can do. Physical activities like walking, swimming and bicycling have been proven to have significant benefits to people who suffer from arthritis, often reducing their pain whilst improving their mental health . . . and their quality of life naturally improves as a bi-product!
    • Watch your weight – I know, this old chestnut seems to crop up on every health site about every illness under the sun, but it really does make a difference. Just think about how much extra strain you put on your joints when they have to carry around all of those extra pounds . . . all of those hamburgers, pizzas and donuts can add a real strain to your knees and increase your risk of injury . . . all of which can be an contributory factor for arthritis.
    • Protect your joints – whilst physical activity can be great for arthritis, it’s also important that you protect your joints. Don’t go pounding the streets (even if you feel like it . . . highly unlikely) because the extra strain on your knees, ankles, hips and back can make you even more susceptible to developing some sort of arthritis later in your life.
    • Visit a physician – the sooner the better, especially for inflammatory arthritis conditions. If you visit your physician early enough, as soon as you spot any signs of symptoms of arthritis then he’ll be able to advise you on health care matters . . . and convince you of the importance of exercise . . . don’t rest it, work it!

He’s not short of a few ideas is he?

Does that remind you of anything? Heads and shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes . . . . not sure about the funny faces though, triple chin . . . who’s she talking to?

 

 

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