Arthritis Symptoms, Diet, Treatment, Medications

by Josh

Arthritis Symptoms, Diet, Treatment, Medications

The late 1940s members of the American Rheumatism Association, a group of about 300 U.S. physicians focused on treating rheumatic disease, met to discuss the creation of a national effort to understand and cure arthritis. At the time, there were few treatment options other than aspirin. Only six treatment and research centers and seven medical teaching facilities served the estimated 7 million people across the country suffering from rheumatic symptoms. To work for change, the doctors formed the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation. A nationally prominent businessman and arthritis patient, Floyd Odlum, was recruited by his physician to chair the organization.

Arthritis is predominantly a disease of the elderly, but children can also be affected by the disease. More than 70% of individuals in North America affected by arthritis are over the age of 65. Arthritis is more common in women than men at all ages and affects all races, ethnic groups and cultures. In the United States a CDC survey based on data from 2007–2009 showed 22.2% (49.9 million) of adults aged ≥18 years had self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and 9.4% (21.1 million or 42.4% of those with arthritis) had arthritis-attributable activity limitation (AAAL). With an aging population this number is expected to increase. 26Arthritis


Exercising aerobically can bepositive for pain control as it not only helps with joint pain, but can aidrelaxation and help to keep the cardiovascular system in good shape. Aerobic exercise also increases the body’sendorphins and serotonin. These hormonesnot only help with chronic inflammation, but also can improve one’s mood.Doctors recommend exercise like walking, swimming or even gentle movement(Tai-Chi classes). These types ofexercise may be extremely beneficial in keeping the joints flexible and freefrom pain. Doctors often encourageproper rest, relaxation and calming the mind in addition to exercise. The Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program offers severaltypes of exercise.

There are other ways you can help your pet at home. Think about how she spends her day, what she likes to do, and where she has to go. Think about what you can do to make each activity less strenuous and safer. If she has a favorite place to sleep, consider how you can help her get there. If she wants to climb upstairs with you to watch TV, try watching TV downstairs. You have the best awareness of your pet’s specific needs, and you may be inspired with some creative solutions! Keep them moving

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) and the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) are working together to offer a new program called Walk With Ease (WWE). The Walk With Ease program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation, and is proven to reduce pain, increase balance, strength and walking pace. While the Walk With Ease program was developed to help people with arthritis pain, all individuals who are looking for a way to improve their health by being more physically active can benefit from this free program and are encouraged to participate.

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