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?
- 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)
Causes / Risk Factors
- Joint injuries
- 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.
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Splints or joint-assistive aids
- Support groups
- In extreme cases, surgery may be required
- High caffeine intake can cause problems with RA treatment
- 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.
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Source: Center for Disease Control