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WELLNESS CORNER by Marilyn Johnson

Some more follow-up for you on Arthritis — You the membership indicated on the most recent “Health Need Survey” that the #1 need for health information and support was Arthritis and types. Nicole Hiller, our student nurse was going to provide some information at Happy Lunch Bunch in July. This is a follow-up to that information. A source I draw from is The Arthritis Foundation, TAKE CONTROL. WE CAN HELP.


Arthritis affects 66 million Americans—1 in 3—It affects people of all ages including children. It is usually chronic and lasts a long time but there are things that can be done to avoid arthritis or limit the pain and stiffness

Causes: there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. The cause of most types is still unknown. Some consider the role of genetics in the cause, the role of inflammation and an immune response related to joint damage as well as lifestyle injuries. It is always important to question pain and stiffness and discuss with your physician.

Prevention: It is important to stay at your recommended weight, especially as you get older. Think ahead and reduce the risk with a healthy lifestyle that includes avoiding the risk that may lead to a joint injury. Extra weight increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA) in the knees and hips, especially in women.

Types –The Arthritis family includes:

  • Osteoarthritis (most common)
  • Rheumatoid related to an immune system abnormality
  • Fibromyalgia a condition causing widespread pain and tender points
  • Osteoporosis causes bone to lose mass
  • Lupus a disease that affects skin and joints as well as other internal organs that include kidneys, heart and lungs
  • Gout occurs when the body produces too much or is unable to rid itself of a natural substance called uric acid
  • Low Back Pain can be caused by a back strain or injury or from certain types of arthritis
  • Bursitis and Tendinitis may be caused by inflammation from injuring or overusing a joint
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica causes pain in the neck, shoulders and hips caused by inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues

Think prevention/control via diet, exercise, weight loss, and see your physician. More to come at Trinity on this subject.


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