Most people commonly think of arthritis as the condition of having painful, stiff joints. In fact, there are many kinds of arthritis, each with different symptoms and treatments. Most types of arthritis are chronic with symptoms lasting years.
Arthritis can attack joints in almost any part of the body. Some forms of arthritis cause changes you can see and feel such as pain, swelling, warmth and redness in your joints. Other types cause less troublesome symptoms, but slowly damage your joints.
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in this country. Millions of adults and half of all people age 65 and older are troubled by this disease. Older people most often have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.
Read on for some ways that we, as senior health care professionals, can educate on arthritis, and some foods that may help inflammation before it hits too hard.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 52.5 million adults throughout the U.S. have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. This number is expected to rise to 67 million by 2030. Senior care professionals can educate their patients on arthritis for a better understanding of symptoms they might be experiencing.
The Arthritis Foundation noted that the disease is the country’s leading cause of disability. Almost half of the adult population aged 65 or older has arthritis, as people’s risk of being impacted by the disease increases with age. However, the foundation pointed out that around two-thirds of U.S. citizens diagnosed with the disease are under 65 years old, including 300,000 children.
During Arthritis Awareness Month, it’s important to educate people on what joint pain is, what to do if they begin to experience it and how to avoid the onset. Here are a few tips on how to spread awareness of arthritis:
Encourage a deeper understanding of arthritis
Health professionals should remind their patients that arthritis itself is a term that explains discomfort or disease in the joints. Explaining the four categories – infectious, inflammatory, degenerative and metabolic -of more than 100 types of arthritis will help patients understand the symptoms and risk factors.
Food can be a great healer when used correctly. Here are some common foods that help fight arthritis pain and inflammation!