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The Bare Bones of Arthritis


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Arthritis affects one out of every five Americans – an estimated 52.5 million people – and is the leading cause of disability in the nation. The condition itself can make it difficult and painful to conduct even the most mundane daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer, or brushing your teeth. The term “arthritis” encompasses over 100 rheumatic conditions that impact the body’s joints, causing pain and inflammation to those who suffer with it.

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The Bare Bones of Arthritis

  1. 1. Arthritis is America's #1 cause of disability The Bare Bones of Facts & Tips You Can Flex The most common form of arthritis - osteoarthritis (OA) - is most prevalent in people over 60. Arthritis is one of the oldest diseases known to man and has been discovered in the remains of people who lived over 500,000 years ago. Did you know? 67,000,000 Americans are anticipated to have arthritis By 2030, 1 in 20 U.S. workers face limitations due to arthritis 1 in 9 U.S. adults with arthritis report limitations on their social life and feel that they are unable to participate in activites like shopping, going to movies, visiting friends, etc.11% 1 in 3 U.S. adults with arthritis report having anxiety or depression33% 5% 60.7% of diagnosed cases are female 39.3% of diagnosed cases are male children in the U.S. are living with juvenile arthritis 300,000 Approximately Annual number of joint replacements: Annual expense of arthritis treatment and associated costs: $86,200,000,000 Common types of exercises recommended for arthritis: Range-of-motion exercises Strengthening exercises Aerobic exercises Gentle exercise like yoga and tai chi 52,500,000Americans, or 1 in every 5 adults are affected by arthritis Today, an estimated As our nation’s population ages, the prevalence is expected to increase The word arthritis actually means joint inflammation, but the term has adopted a wider meaning. In public health, arthritis is used as an umbrella term for more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround joints and other connective tissue. Arthritis-related joint problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage and surrounding structures. This damage can interfere with the most basic of daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer, preparing food or even brushing your teeth. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA) FIBROMYALGIA OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA)GOUT MILLION 1.5 MILLION 27 MILLION 3 MILLION 5 Diagnosis in the United States by the numbers: The most common forms of arthritis in the Unites States are rheumatoid arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. The focus of treatment for arthritis is to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain function and quality of life. According to the American College of Rheumatology, the treatment of arthritis might involve the following: Medication Nonpharmacologic therapies Physical therapy Splints or joint assistive aids Patient education and support Weight loss Surgery Occupational therapy Getting enough rest, doing the right exercise, eating a healthy, well- balanced diet, and learning the right way to use and protect your joints are keys to living with any kind of arthritis. You might have some type of arthritis if you have: If any one of these symptoms lasts more than 2 weeks, if you have a fever, feel physically ill, suddenly have a swollen joint, or have problems using your joint – see your doctor right away. Warmth and redness in a joint Ongoing joint pain Joint stiffness Joint swelling Tenderness or pain when touching a joint Problems using or moving a joint normally Recent studies have shown that moderate physical activity 5 or more days a week can help to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness and give you more energy. An activity that produces a slight increase in heart rate or breathing is considered moderate physical activity. Exercise can help: Strengthen muscles around joints Maintain bone strength Promote restful sleep Increase strength and energy Retain normal joint movement Reduce pressure on joints by losing or maintaining weight Keep bone and cartilage healthy Talk to your doctor Remember, pain and arthritis do not have to be part of growing older. You can work with your doctor to safely lessen the pain and stiffness and to prevent more serious damage to your joints. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has created the Go4Life® campaign to help you start and stick with a safe exercise program. visit: to find exercises, tip sheets, personal success stories, and more! brought to you by Call 1-800-GRISWOLD © 2014 Griswold International, LLC 41,934 232,857 454,652 Shoulder: Hip: Knee: 12,055 Other: