Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | May 8, 2012

Arthritis Awareness Month – Know the Facts

Did You Know…?

  • There are over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
  • Arthritis affects 1 out of every 5 adults, and this number is on the rise.
  • Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including approximately 300,000 children.
  • In the U.S., arthritis is accountable for work limitations in approximately 1 out of every 3 individuals with the condition.
  • There is a prevalence of comorbidity with arthritis; over half of adults with diabetes and/or heart disease are also affected by arthritis.
  • The most common forms of arthritis and related conditions include: Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Lupus, Gout, Fibromyalgia and Osteoporosis.
  • Arthritis is more prevalent in women than men. Approximately sixty percent of individuals with the condition are female.
  • Arthritis affects approximately one-third of adults in farming and ranching. Farmers and ranchers may be at an increased risk due to the nature of the work in agricultural settings.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Arthritis:

  • Stiffness, swelling, redness or feeling of heat in joints.
  • Pain and/or tenderness that persists.
  • Difficulty with moving joints and performing daily activities.
  • Pain may come and go, and is not always isolated to one area of the body.

Early detection is imperative for treating and managing arthritis. Consult a physician if you have had persistent symptoms and are concerned about arthritis – treatment options are available to maximize your quality of life!

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-News from the Arthritis Foundation. 2011.  http://www.arthritis.org/media/newsroom/Arthritis_Prevalence_Fact_Sheet_5-31-11.pdf

-Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis in Women. http://www.arthritis.org/women.php

-Agriculture and Arthritis.  http://www.arthritis-ag.org/arthritis-and-you/agriculture-and-arthritis.aspx

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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