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Arthritis, A Household Name

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

There are more and more patients with the diagnosis of "arthritis". What are patients suppose to do about it?

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Countless hours of work missed, flares of pain, and medications that help for a little while but wear off after a few hours. Millions of people struggle with some form of degeneration of their joints, and many end up on long term disability due to the pain.

Some people believe its genetics. "My mom has arthritis, so that's why I have it." But have you ever wondered what really caused it in the first place?

Degeneration of the joints is most often caused by "overuse". Several years of hard labor, daily activities with repetitive movements, previous trauma that has caused weakening of the support systems of the joints. But what makes our joints work the hardest, is supporting the pressure of excess weight. When a person is overweight, the joints have to support more pressure and in turn endure more "overuse". This causes degeneration of joints must faster in areas such as the lower back, knees, and hips.

Routine exercise is one easy way to ease arthritis pain, improve flexibility, and build stronger joints and muscles. While arthritis may seem like something that only happens to us as we age, about one in every 1,000 child will develop juvenile arthritis. Once arthritis is present, the main goal of treatment is to prevent further degeneration of the joints. This is most successfully done by weight loss.

If you suspect that you or someone in your family has arthritis, your family doctor can help diagnose and manage these symptoms. Call and make an appointment to diagnose and manage your arthritic pains. (252) 293-1010

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