Arthritis: Raising Awareness This May
It’s National Arthritis Awareness Month!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Arthritis is one of the most widespread health conditions in the United States. It affects about one in four adults overall. That’s over 58 million men and women. To recognize this toll on Americans’ health, CDC, the Arthritis Foundation and other partners observe Arthritis Awareness Month in May.”
The word “arthritis” is a catch-all term that is commonly used to describe a variety of conditions that involve joint pain and stiffness, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout.
The Arthritis Foundation reports that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, and the number of doctor-diagnosed adults with arthritis is predicted to hit 67 million by 2030.
Arthritis is a life-changing diagnosis, and many experience a significant impact on their everyday abilities to function. The Arthritis Foundation states:
Arthritis and related conditions equate to more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses
Individuals living with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis miss a combined total of 172 million workdays a year
Arthritis creates workplace limitations (i.e., the type of work or the amount of hours) in 1/3 of working-age people battling arthritis
Patients suffering from arthritis often incur other health challenges as well. The Arthritis Foundation reports:
“57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis”
“52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis”
“44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis”
“36% of adults who are obese have arthritis”
“1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression”
While there is no cure for arthritis, doctor-supported care is a critical component to managing arthritis. A proper treatment plan can slow disease progression, prevent further joint damage, and improve your quality of life.
At Paducah Rheumatology, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care to all our arthritis patients. Even though an arthritis diagnosis comes with challenges, our goal is to help you live a happy and fulfilling life.
We are accepting new patients and our team is ready to support you in your arthritis journey. Give us a call at 270-408-6100.