Did you know that arthritis isn’t a single disease? The term actually refers to joint pain or joint disease, and there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.
Arthritis Awareness Month
May is recognized annually as Arthritis Awareness Month – an opportunity for us to join the Arthritis Foundation and other organizations to share information about arthritis and ways you can treat or manage it.
Talking to your doctor if you experience joint pain or other symptoms. It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible, so you can start treatment. The focus of arthritis treatment is to reduce pain, minimize join damage and improve or maintain quality of life.
Being active is a simple, effective and drug-free way to relieve arthritis pain.
Maintaining a healthy weight or losing excess weight is really important for people with arthritis. Too much weight stresses joints – particularly the hips and knees. Losing as little as 10 to 12 pounds can reduce pain and improve physical function.
Protecting your joints, because injuries can worsen arthritis. Choose low-impact activities that are easy on the joints like walking, bicycling and swimming.
Learning new self-management skills by joining a self-management education workshop. These CDC-recognized sessions can help you learn skills to manage your arthritis and make good decisions about your help. Click here to learn more about the programs.
For more information or to learn about resources in your area, visit arthritis.org or talk to your personal physician.