Arthritis is a condition that can be scary for folks! There is a lot of misinformation out there and many people believe a diagnosis of arthritis means the end of their active lifestyle. This could not be further from the truth! Here are some quick facts about arthritis:
1. Arthritis is not a single disease.
There are over 100 types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. Osteoarthritis (most common) has symptoms and risk factors that are modifiable.
2. Anyone can develop arthritis.
Men, women and children can all develop arthritis. In fact, there are over 50 million people with arthritis. It tends to be more prevelant in women than men.
3. There is no cure for arthritis, but it can be managed!
This point is key to most people suffering from arthritis. Medications, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help minimize the effects of arthritis.
The take-home message from this blog post is that just about all of us will suffer from arthritis. It is analogous to getting gray hair as we age. That being said, a diagnosis of arthritis does not equal pain and should not limit you from your activity. If you have any questions about arthritis or how physical therapy can help, please give one of our offices a call. You deserve to be comfortable and active, even with arthritis!
Basic Facts About Arthritis That Most People Don’t Know. About.com Health. December 2014. http://arthritis.about.com/od/arthritislearnthebasics/a/arthritis_basics.htm. Accessed May 11, 2015.