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Information about Arthritis

What is Arthritis?

- Arthritis is a broad term for any of over 100 rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases are any condition which is marked by inflammation and/or pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue. The most common forms are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout.
 

Why Should You Care?
Causes / Risk Factors
Symptoms
Treatments
Resources

Why Should You Care?

- 1/5 of US adults have some form of arthritis
- 1/2 of all adults 65 and older are diagnosed with arthritis.
- Arthritis costs the U.S. $128 billion annually
   - $80.8 billion in direct costs
   - $47 billion in indirect costs (missed work, etc)

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Causes / Risk Factors

- Age  - Gender - Genetic
- Weight  - Joint injuries

- Infection

- Occupation    

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Symptoms

- Arthritis is typically marked by intermittent pain or stiffness around one or more joints. Diagnosis of specific types of arthritis may require symptoms which have lasted for a period of several months. 

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Treatments                                                                                                                                         

- Medication - Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy             - Splints or joint-assistive aids
- Education - Support groups
- In extreme cases, surgery may be required  
- High caffeine intake can cause problems with RA treatment  

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Resources

- While there are few physical support groups, the Arthritis Foundation, with chapters in Wisconsin and Illinois, has activities periodically, and is a phenomenal resource for those who want to get more information on managing their disease and for directed support. 

 

* CIS does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The content is for informational purposes only. 

 

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Source: Center for Disease Control