Don’t Ignore the Pain, It Is Arthritis Awareness Month

Rheumatologist checking finger joints for RA symptomsArthritis is one of the most common medical conditions in the world, affecting one out of every five adults (this equates to roughly 50 million people). The effects of arthritis don’t just apply to a patient’s joints, it can also lead to a considerable level of anxiety and depression. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are a number of misconceptions which surround this medical condition, and they can be quite damaging in their own right.

Fortunately, the month of May is honored as National Arthritis Awareness Month! So throughout the month, local communities and advocacy groups will be working together to get the word out about arthritis and hopefully dispel some of these unfortunate misconceptions. This year, the Arthritis Foundation is launching a brand new public health campaign for arthritis which will be aimed at clearing up some of the confusion surrounding this disease.

Awareness Efforts Led by Arthritis Foundation

National Arthritis Awareness Month is spearheaded by the Arthritis Foundation, but since it’s inception, this cause has developed a significant advocate following. Obviously, the most important aspect of this month is helping to make more people aware of the risks of arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States. This year, the Arthritis Foundation wants to get more people exercising regularly, while also raising additional funds for arthritis clinical trials, support, and education.

Take a Walk this May for Arthritis!

All over the country, there are walks and other events which are planned for National Arthritis Awareness Month this May. Without these events, many of the most promising research initiatives for arthritis would not be possible. The Arthritis Walk events usually involve people who are out walking in teams of at least 10. This is a perfect opportunity for co-workers, local clubs, families, and friends to get out there and help raise awareness for arthritis (while getting a little exercise).

(As a friendly reminder, these events are not competitive, and the distance for the Arthritis Walk is around 5 km. However, there is a shorter course of 1 mile available for people who may be less able.)

The people who choose to participate in a Arthritis Walk are actually helping to raise funds which help combat arthritis and other related conditions like osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that affect millions of people around the world. If you are interested, you can find an Arthritis Walk in your area.

Dispelling Misconceptions About Arthritis

One of the most common misconceptions surrounding arthritis is that it is a disease which only occurs in older people, and that it is both untreatable and inevitable. The truth is that arthritis can affect people at any age, even children. In fact, there are nearly 300,000 children who are living with some form of juvenile arthritis in the United States. On the other hand, arthritis is not a normal part of aging, as many people may mistakenly believe. After arthritis has been diagnosed, there are a number of treatments and other measures which can be taken in order to minimize disease progression and permanent joint damage.

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, then there are a number of options available to you. Many people choose to supplement their clinical treatments with regular physical activity. This not only helps to reduce joint pain, but can also help prevent the development of heart disease and obesity. Self-management techniques like these can really help you take back control of your arthritis and your health. In particular, the Arthritis Foundation wants to educate more people about the benefits of regular exercise for their arthritis this year.


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