Arthritis Awareness Month

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 Awareness Month.

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 raise awareness.
  • 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.