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Health Care Providers Urged to Take Action for Arthritis in America




Arthritis is a leading cause of disability, and causes pain, aching, stiffness and swelling of the joints, but is not a normal part of aging, according to a report recently release by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arthritis costs at least $81 billion in direct medical costs annually.
The most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Arthritis costs at least $81 billion in direct medical costs annually. Many adults with arthritis are prescribed opioid medicines, yet other options for pain are safer. Physical activity can decrease pain and improve physical function by about 40 percent and may reduce health care costs.
One in three adults with arthritis are inactive. Adults with arthritis also can reduce their symptoms by participating in disease management education programs, but Only one in 10 have taken part in these programs. Adults with arthritis are significantly more likely to attend an education program when recommended by a provider.

Health care providers can:

  • Urge patients with arthritis to be physically active and to strive for a healthier weight to ease joint pain

  • Recommend patients attend proven educational programs about managing their condition

  • Ask patients about any depression or anxiety, and offer care, treatment, and links to services Consult the guidelines of the American College of Rheumatology or other professional organizations for treatment options, including medicines

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