Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | May 1, 2013

National Arthritis Awareness Month

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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month! This awareness campaign is lead by the Arthritis Foundation® and serves to educate people on all aspects of arthritic conditions. An important emphasis of this campaign is that arthritis can be managed and does not have to result in debilitating symptoms. There are many options available for treating and possibly preventing arthritis, including lifestyle changes and regular exercise. For more information, visit the Arthritis Foundation® website here. 

Arthritis Facts

  • 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.
  • Some of the more common forms of arthritis and related conditions include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, gout, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.  
  • 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 agricultural work.

Through education, self-care, and individualized treatment, it is possible

to manage arthritis and preserve 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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