A Pain in the…..Joints

More than one million Arizonans are living with arthritis. That’s more than the total number of people living in the Tucson metro area! It’s a huge number, and a huge health issue on our state.

May is Arthritis Awareness Month, an opportunity to call attention to some of the work being done to help the people who are living with – and battling arthritis. For example, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center offers a number of videos to inform and empower arthritis sufferers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are “evidence-based programs that are proven to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis.” Click here to see the programs that the CDC is currently recommending or considers promising.

The Arthritis Foundation is also offering help with a series of stretching videos that are designed to help people with joint pain. Click here or on the picture below to see more.

arthritis

A recent story in the UK’s Daily Mirror claims that “Millions of people with arthritis ‘suffer in silence’ before seeking help.” The hope is that Arthritis Awareness Month may encourage people to get checked if they suspect arthritis symptoms.

Published reports suggest that arthritis is our country’s top disability with one-in-five adults and some 300,000 children suffering from the chronic pain. What do you think we can do here in Arizona to help? Especially since we have more than one million people in our state living with arthritis. Finding new ways to help people live a pain free life will help us take another step toward our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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