Arthritis in America : time to take action!
Corporate Authors:National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.) ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of the Associate Director for Communications. ;
Series:CDC Vital signs ; 2017 March
Description:Everyone knows someone with arthritis. It is a leading cause of disability, and causes pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling of the joints, but is not a normal part of aging. The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Arthritis costs at least $81 billion in direct medical costs annually. Many adults with arthritis are prescribed opioid medicines, yet other options for pain are safer. Physical activity can decrease pain and improve physical function by about 40% and may reduce healthcare costs. Still, 1 in 3 adults with arthritis are inactive. Adults with arthritis also can reduce their symptoms by participating in disease management education programs. Only 1 in 10 have taken part in these programs. Adults with arthritis are significantly more likely to attend an education program when recommended by a provider.
Healthcare providers can:
• Urge patients with arthritis to be physically active and to strive for a healthier weight to ease joint pain.
• Recommend patients attend proven educational programs about managing their condition.
• Ask patients about any depression or anxiety, and offer care, treatment, and links to services.
• Consult the guidelines of the American College of Rheumatology or other professional organizations for treatment options, including medicines. http://bit.ly/2m8Ocfb
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