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Monday, May 8, 2017

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

May is recognized as Arthritis, Lupus, Osteoporosis and Lyme Awareness month. Arthritis is so much more than a little pain in your knee that disappears with a couple of over the counter pills. Arthritis and rheumatic diseases are the leading cause of disability in the U.S.. It limits the activities of around 23 million adults. Two thirds of this number living with arthritis is under the age of 65. An approximate number of adults being told by a doctor they have a form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibro numbers over 52 million. Approximately 300,000 children suffer with arthritis as well. Under the umbrella of arthritis lays over 120 different conditions. Major depression often accompanies arthritis as well. 

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which occurs when the tissue that provides cushioning between the bones of a join (cartilage) begins to break down. This may be referred to as "degenerative" or "non-inflammatory" arthritis. It is a physical breakdown in cartilage over time or after heavy use.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Juvenile arthritis (JA) are autoimmune diseases. An individuals immune system malfunctions and attacks healthy joints. . The disease creates inflammation and chronic pain in the joints. Weakness, fatigue and organ damage may be present as well. Autoimmune arthritis often requires use of special medication to control a person's overactive immune system. 

All types of arthritis are serious, painful and debilitating. The nations lead cause of disability is more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. 

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