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Introduction to arthritis

Introduction to Arthritis


What you will learn

What You Will Learn

  • Facts about arthritis

  • What you can do about arthritis

  • How The Arthritis Society can help

  • How you can get involved


Facts and figures of arthritis

Facts and Figures of Arthritis

  • Most common chronic disease in Canada

  • Affects one in six Canadians

  • Number one cause of long-term disability in Canada

  • Two-thirds more women are affected than men

  • More than 100 types of arthritis

  • There is NOCURE for arthritis

  • By 2026, more than six million Canadians will be diagnosed with arthritis


Arthritis information

Arthritis Information

Arthritis means inflammation of a joint.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain

  • Stiffness

  • Swelling

  • Difficulty moving a joint

  • Irreversible joint damage


Categories

Categories

There are two main categories of arthritis:

  • Inflammatory arthritis

  • Degenerative arthritis


Inflammatory arthritis

Inflammatory Arthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis most common type

  • Autoimmune disease

  • Extreme fatigue

  • Unusual stiffness

  • Pain and swelling

  • Restricted movement


Degenerative arthritis

Degenerative Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Affects one in 10 people

  • Degeneration of cartilage

  • Pain and stiffness

  • Decreased range of motion

  • Increased functional difficulties

  • X-ray changes are visible


Why people get arthritis

Why People Get Arthritis

Degenerative Arthritis

Primary

No obvious reason

Inherited tendency

Secondary

Prior injury

Inflammatory Arthritis

Genes

Inherited tendency

Trigger

Viral infection

Environmental factor


Risk factors

Risk Factors

Degenerative

Arthritis

Age

Family History

Excess Weight

Joint Injury

Other Types of Arthritis

Inflammatory

Arthritis

Age

Family History

Gender (female)

Smoking


Diagnosing arthritis

Diagnosing Arthritis

Inflammatory

Arthritis

Personal Medical History

Family History

Joint Examination

Blood Tests

X-Rays

Degenerative

Arthritis

Personal Medical History

Family History

Joint Examination

Other Types Ruled Out

X-Rays


Diagnosing arthritis1

Diagnosing Arthritis

It is importantto diagnose arthritis earlyin order to prevent or delay disability.


Early warning signs

Early Warning Signs

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms for more than six weeks, see a doctor.

  • Joint pain

  • Joint stiffness (especially in the a.m. upon waking)

  • Occasional swelling of any joint

  • Difficulty moving a joint

  • Pain that interferes with your work/daily activities


Managing arthritis

Managing Arthritis

The more you know about your disease, the better you will feel…

  • Managing arthritis includes:

  • Medication

  • Nutrition

  • Physical Activity

  • Daily-living Adjustments

  • Health-care Supports


Nutrition

Nutrition

Healthy eating habits…

IMPROVE energy

REDUCE the risk of many health problems


Benefits of physical activity

Benefits of Physical Activity

Improves pain controlDecreases stiffnessIncreases energyImproves function


Types of activity

Types of Activity


Conserving energy

Conserving Energy

Balance activity with rest

  • Rest periods are important

  • Let muscles and joints re-energize

  • Enable you to do more

    To conserve energy

  • Plan ahead

  • Do what is most important first

  • Get help from others

  • Protect your joints

  • Practice relaxation techniques


Helpful devices

Helpful Devices


Arthritis friendly products

Arthritis Friendly Products


The arthritis society

The Arthritis Society

Education and Services

Introduction to Arthritis

Chronic Pain Management

Arthritis Self-Management Program

Arthritis Information Line

1.800.321.1433

www.arthritis.ca


The arthritis society1

The Arthritis Society

Canada’s principle health charity for arthritis

$175 million invested in arthritis research

for better treatments

and a cure

Our Mission

The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy, and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis.

Our Vision

Living well while creating a future without arthritis.


How you can get involved

How You Can Get Involved

Volunteer

Donate

Raise awareness

Participate


The walk to fight arthritis

The Walk to Fight Arthritis

Sunday June 10, 2012

Walk Start 11:00

Mississauga Valley Park – 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.

www.walktofightarthritis.ca


Regional contact information

Regional Contact Information

Peel and Halton Region Office

214-40 Finchgate Blvd.

Brampton, ON L6T 3J1

905-455-6273

www.arthritis.ca


Arthritis information line 1 800 321 1433 www arthritis ca

Arthritis Information Line1.800.321.1433www.arthritis.ca


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