May is National Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis is a condition that currently affects over 53 million Americans and is expected to grow to over 67 million people by the year 2030. The month of May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. The significance of this observation is to bring attention to this problem that carries an economic impact of over $156 million in medical expenses and lost wages.
There are three major forms of arthritis
- Osteoarthritis – The most common form of arthritis in the United States is osteoarthritis. Read Arthritis & Osteoarthritis FAQs
- Rheumatoid arthritis – Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory, autoimmune condition that involves many body systems, particularly the joints (musculoskeletal. Learn more about Rheumatoid Arthritis.
- Psoriatic arthritis – Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis linked with psoriasis, a chronic skin and nail disease.
There is a lot of misinformation about arthritis and available treatment options
Some common misconceptions or myths are:
- Arthritis only affects the elderly – this is myth, not true
- Exercise may make arthritis worse – this is myth, not true
- All joint pain is related to arthritis – this is myth, not true
- There is no treatment for arthritis – this is myth, not true
Most people start with their primary care physician, but it’s possible to be referred to doctors who specialize in treating arthritis and related conditions. Getting an accurate diagnosis at an OrthoNOW walk-in clinic is an important step to getting timely medical care for your condition.
Physical Activity for Treating Arthritis
Almost a quarter of the American population suffers from osteoarthritis, a condition in which chronic wear and tear of cartilage produces stiff, swollen, painful joints. Arthritis gets worse over time, and without intervention can become severe enough to limit activities or immobilize you completely. For some, the recommended treatment for their arthritis pain includes medications, PRP (regenerative medicine ), or surgery, but increasing your physical activity can be the ticket to improving your pain… Learn more about Physical Activity for Treating Arthritis.