Although arthritis is very common, it is often a misunderstood disease. As the leading cause of disability in American, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.
Because arthritis is a term used for over 100 conditions, disorders and diseases, there is no simple answer for how to prevent and/or manage arthritis. However, there are some guiding principles to follow:
Educate yourself about arthritis
. Education about the form of arthritis you or your loved one has, can help in the management of symptoms. In the case of osteoarthritis, it may help to prevent or slow the progression of it.
Be physically active.
Physical activity and weight management are important and can help manage the pain and stiffness from many forms of arthritis.
Protect your joints.
Whether you are working out or working in the yard or just looking for a way to be kind to your hard-working joints, it is important to minimize the trauma they experience.
Find out how you can help those who have arthritis and those who may get it in the future. Through Advocacy, Public Health and Research, the Arthritis Foundation helps people with arthritis live better today and create better tomorrows through new treatments, better access to care, and ultimately cures.
For additional information go to www.arthritis.org
Physical Activity Guidelines