Taking Steps in Conquering Arthritis
With May being recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month, let’s
give a spotlight to this chronic illness that has affected over 500 million
Americans. Arthritis occurs when there is an inflammation of one or more
joints in the body, causing pain and stiffness. While many may assume
that arthritis is an old person disease, arthritis comes in many different
forms and can affect individuals of all ages. In fact, according to the
Arthritis Foundation, almost 300,000 babies, kids, and teens have been
diagnosed with some type of arthritis, making it the number one cause
of disability in the country.
Below are some of the most common type of arthritis:
Degenerative arthritis- Also known as osteoarthritis, which the most common type of arthritis.
Inflammatory arthritis- Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are some of the most common
forms of this type of arthritis.
Infectious arthritis- A joint infection caused by a virus such as salmonella, shigella or some
sexually transmitted disease that enters the joint and trigger inflammation.
Metabolic arthritis- This is caused by an increased level of uric acid in the body. Gout is
one of the most common forms of this type of arthritis.
This month, let us band together to help raise awareness about the seriousness
of arthritis and importance of early diagnosis. Through this effort, arthritis
sufferers can have access to the right information on how to live a full
life each day as they make their way towards a cure.
What You Can Do to Support this Cause
If you or someone you love is suffering from arthritis, know that there
are several ways that you can show your support to National Arthritis
Be an arthritis advocate through the following:
Participate in fundraising events- There are many events organized by the Arthritis Foundation that you
can join in such as the Walk to Cure Arthritis that are held in various
cities in your area. Visit the foundation’s website to get the details
on this event.
Encourage others to become arthritis advocates- Share some informative literature or videos on your social media page
to raise awareness about arthritis. By giving arthritis a platform, you
can encourage a conversation about this type of disease and ultimately
Make a donation- Your monetary donations doesn’t have to be exorbitant. Every penny
counts when it comes to funding the research for a cure for arthritis.
You can make a donation through the Arthritis Foundation website or you
can also visit their office to make a personal donation.
Tell your story- If you are one of the many individuals living with arthritis, share your
story to help others like you get the encouragement they need in living
a full life despite having arthritis. This simple act can go a long way
for another arthritis sufferer.
You can also volunteer to the Arthritis Foundation or other organizations
with the same cause near you even after the National Arthritis Awareness
Month. People with arthritis will be needing all the help that they can
get from you and the whole community until a cure has been found.
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should
consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.