Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the country. It affects millions of adults and half of all people age 65 and older. There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis and many different symptoms and treatments. Scientists do not know what causes most forms of arthritis. They understand some better than others.
Despite the financial and emotional challenges, most people with arthritis can lead active and productive lives.
Treatment strategies include: pain relief medications, rest and exercise, patient education and support programs, and learning self care and having a good-health attitude.
Along with taking the right medicines, exercise is key to managing arthritis symptoms. Daily exercise, such as walking or swimming, helps keep joints moving, reduces pain and strengthens muscles around the joints. Rest also is important for joints affected by arthritis.
For more information:
P.O. Box 7669
Atlanta, GA 30357-0669
1-800-283-7800, or check the telephone directory for your local chapter.
Web: http://www.arthritis.org (opens in a new window)