May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. At Bon Secours, we are dedicated to helping patients who experience joint pain and discomfort due to arthritis. Because every person is different, treatments to manage pain and improve quality of life will vary. Surgery, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes may help reduce pain and return mobility, but before one can begin the journey toward healing it’s important to know more about arthritis.
Did You Know…
When you think of arthritis, does age come to mind? It makes sense to associate this illness with older people. According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 50 million adults in the United States are diagnosed with arthritis, but this disease also affects children and teenagers. Other important facts to know include:
- There are many forms of arthritic conditions, about a hundred. Inflammation and/or swelling in the joints, stiffness, and pain in the joints are top indicators of such an illness. Other types of arthritis, like gout and fibromyalgia, have specific symptoms.
- People with other medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and hypertension are likely to have arthritis as well.
- It’s not wholly clear if arthritis is an inherited condition, but the US Library of Medicine suggests that people with family who have suffered rheumatoid arthritis may have an increased risk for the illness.
- According to the Center for Disease Control, not all types of arthritis have known cures. Pain management is key to quality of life for those living with this condition. Bon Secours physicians provide a full continuum of care for patients with joint pain due to age, illness, or injury. All options from surgery to physical therapy are considered so patients can receive the best care for their needs.
Do you have questions about arthritis and joint pain care? Contact Bon Secours today.