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Arthritis Prevention Tips

World Arthritis Day was Oct. 12. The day has passed, but the information presented during the event bears repeating.

The theme of World Arthritis Day 2015 was, "It's in your hands, take action." The goal was to "raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and to encourage people with RMDs, their carers, families and the general public to seize every opportunity to take action and make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMDs."

Tips For Preventing Arthritis

The event included dissemination of ways both to prevent arthritis and to live better as an arthritis patient. These include:

  • Be as active as possible. Exercise.
  • Learn everything you can about the condition.
  • Manage your weight.
  • Work with your health care provider.
  • Eat fish -the Omega 3s can help protect you against joint disease.
  • Avoid injury.
  • Learn how to lift and walk correctly.
  • Drink moderately.
  • Keep learning about different treatment options.
  • Learn about pain management.

Of course, you can't always prevent arthritis altogether. Genetics, age and gender can make you more predisposed to develop it. However, making efforts to prevent it can be critical, especially if others in your family have it. You may be able to delay the onset or limit symptoms if you take preventive action.

Arthritis By The Numbers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 52.5 million people in the United States have arthritis. This number will only grow as the population ages. The most common forms of arthritis in this country are osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, but there are many other types that can affect one's ability to function effectively. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States and is thus among the top reasons why people seek Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

If a doctor has diagnosed you with arthritis and you can no longer work, find out about SSD benefits. If you have applied for Social Security Disability and been denied, learn how the advocates at Binder & Binder can help. We are the most successful SSD advocates in the country and have helped hundreds of thousands of people. Call today to find out how we can help you.


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