In honor of May being Arthritis Awareness Month, I visited the Arthritis Foundation’s website for some inspirational thoughts for this blog post. There is a wealth of information on their website including practical tips for individuals living with arthritis. After perusing through many different articles and pages of information, there seemed to be one underlying message to help avoid arthritis: Stay active! This seems simple enough, but we must make sure we stay active in a safe way to ensure our joints are well protected.
There are many different types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis (OA). There are over 27 million Americans living with joint pain associated with OA. OA is a breakdown of cartilage, the cushioning in the joint, which leads to bones rubbing against one another causing pain and stiffness. Although there is a genetic component, there are many things that we can do throughout life to decrease our risk of getting OA. Here are some great tips from the Arthritis Foundation’s website on ways to help protect our joints so that we may stay active in our later years.
These are just a few tips that can be found on their website. There are many great resources out there for individuals living with different types of arthritis. To learn more, visit the Arthritis Foundation’s website at www.arthritis.org and learn to live pain free.