"Arthritis is a disease that only affects old people."
Truthfully, people of all ages are affected by Arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 3 out of 5 individuals who develop arthritis are under the age of 65!
There are over 100 different conditions that are included under the term Arthritis. Seeking an appropriate medical consult can help determine the specifics of your condition and guide appropriate intervention strategies. Stay tuned as the next two blogs this month will discuss the most common forms of arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
"Arthritis is a natural part of aging and I must accept it."
Stay positive. Don’t let arthritis dictate your lifestyle! With arthritis you can still have an active, healthy lifestyle, but it may take some work. Taking an active role as a patient can help manage the effects of arthritis on your life.
How? Maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy, balanced diet and stay active! Most importantly work with your physician or health care professional. Seeking the advice of a team of healthcare professionals, including a rheumatologist and physical therapist can help you take control of your arthritis.
"I can't exercise if I have arthritis."
This is quite the misconception. In fact, a proper exericse plan is the foundation for successful management of your arthritis. With the aid of a qualified movement professional, such as a physical therapist, you can develop and maintain an exercise plan that not only helps you reduce disability - but meet your lifestyle goals as well. Keep an eye out this month for more information on specific exercises to help combat arthritic symptoms.
Arthritis overall impacts many of us, but it doesn't have to dominate the way we live. Take an active approach and make the first step toward managing your symptoms.
Tips provided by Jeff Romans, PT and student therapist Matt Harrison. Matt Harrison completed his clinical rotation in our Onondaga Hill and Cicero locations.
More information on arthritis is to come this month, including a Free Seminar in which we will be covering managing arthritis pain with nonsurgical methods. Register today!