Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States and
a general pain in the neck (knees, hands, etc.) that no one should have
to live with.
Yet, more than 50 million Americans do suffer from one form or another of the disease. Here is the Arthritis Foundation’s breakdown of the top three types that are afflicting us:
Osteoarthritis, in particular, is practically a
given for those of us fortunate enough to reach a certain age. Dr. C.
Thomas Vangsness Jr., an orthopedist and chief of sports medicine at the
University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, is quoted
in the NYT’s New Old Age blog as saying, “If you’re 55 or over, you
have a 75 percent chance. By 79, almost everyone has some symptoms.”
While there is currently no cure for arthritis, there are things you can do to lessen its impact on your life.
Among some of the things the Arthritis Foundation recommends are the following:
There are many more tips listed here.
The bottom line is: living with arthritis does not necessarily mean
having to suffer chronic pain. If you haven’t already, we recommend
speaking with your doctor about other pain management techniques and
lifestyle adjustments that might help you cope with arthritis.
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