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April 2008: Managing Arthritis

01 Apr 2008

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Managing Arthritis

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Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Additionally, rheumatoid arthritis affects 2.1 million Americans, 21 million Americans live with osteoarthritis, and more than 300,000 children have some form of juvenile arthritis.*

Arthritis is a general term meaning “inflammation of the joint.” There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritic conditions that can affect the human body. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a degenerative joint disease the causes the layers of cartilage to gradually wear away until bone begins to rub against bone. This causes the irritation, swelling, stiffness and discomfort commonly associated with arthritis. While surgery to replace joint surfaces has been one of the most successful innovations in the last century, there are other treatments available, either before surgery or in conjunction with surgery.

There are several steps you can take to lessen the impact of arthritis on your life, including:

  • Staying trim. Extra pounds create extra stress on your joints. Every pound that you are over weight adds three pounds of additional pressure across your joints.
  • Although exercise may cause some discomfort, proper exercise can help prolong the life of your joints. Walking, swimming and yoga are all good forms of exercise.
  • Stretching helps maintain or restore normal joint motion. Joint motion helps lubricate your joints and nourish your cartilage.
  • Strength training is important for people with arthritis. Strong muscles help absorb shock, support joints and protect you from injuries. A supervised program will show you how to properly strength train.

If surgery becomes an option for you, Weiss Joint University in Chicago can help. Joint University provides an environment that emphasizes wellness and maximizes patient recovery efforts through education, a culture of early mobility, family involvement and group interaction. Visit Joint University for more information or call Joint University at (800) 503-1234.

Learn more about your arthritis and treatment options. Call (800) 503-1234 for more information and to register to attend a free joint pain seminar.

*Statistics from the Arthritis Foundation,
Arthritis information courtesy of Biomet, Inc. - Advanced Science for Real Living