Did you know that May is Arthritis Awareness Month? With so much misinformation out there, here are 5 things you should know about arthritis.
- There are over 100 types of arthritis. Most of us speak about arthritis as if it were one condition, but there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type.
- Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated one in five adults in the U.S. has been doctor-diagnosed with arthritis. The number of adults with arthritis is expected to increase drastically by 2030 as the U.S. population ages.
- Arthritis can affect people of any age. We often associate arthritis with senior citizens, but it can affect people of all ages. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) occurs in children age 16 or younger. Symptoms may come and go in some children while others deal with pain, stiffness and swelling on a daily basis.
- Arthritis treatment options vary from person to person. If you have arthritis, your doctor may have to prescribe a variety of treatments before finding the treatment plan that works best for you. Prescriptions, physical therapy and in some cases joint replacement surgery may be necessary to help control arthritis pain.
- Lifestyle changes can help improve arthritis symptoms. Although many people do not realize it, exercise is good for arthritis patients! It can help reduce pain, stiffness and swelling. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight will also place less stress on your bones and joints. Quitting smoking, eating healthy and getting enough sleep each night can make a big difference, too.
Arthritis pain and swelling occur because joints have been damaged, and joint replacement surgery is a viable option for some arthritis patients. Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth is the only hospital in the southwestern United States to have its hip and knee replacement and reconstruction programs certified by the Joint Commission. For more information about the Joint Center of Fort Worth at Plaza, visit our website, contact us here or call (817) 877-5292.