ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
Arthritis is one of the most debilitating conditions in the US, affecting over 50 million adults, as well as children. And that number is expected to grow by about 30% in the next ten years.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are more than 100 types of arthritis and associated illnesses such as Tendinitis, Fibromyalgia, and Lupus. Thus, the term does not describe only one disease but refers, in general, to pain, stiffness, and inflammation of the joints—which often restrict a person’s range of motion and impact daily life. Some common areas affected include hands, wrists, neck, shoulders, knees, and back.
Proper diet and exercise are major components in attaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle, but with arthritis, treatment and pain management are equally important.
Physical therapy and chiropractic care have been extremely effective in the battle against arthritis as they seek to ease discomfort, improve mobility, strengthen muscles and correct impairments in a natural way. Especially for those who wish to stay away from prescription medication (including opioids) and surgical procedures.
Additionally, these therapeutic methods address external factors which impact the body. For instance, poor posture and certain everyday habits can put pressure on joints and cause further damage.
The month of May is dedicated to bringing awareness to arthritis in order to better understand its effects, educate the public and foster research. In this regard, Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center would like to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis and the tremendous benefits which come from working with licensed physical therapists and qualified chiropractors, such as those found at any one of our four facilities throughout South Florida.
Arthritis is usually linked to the elderly, but statistics have shown that children, teens and even babies are affected, making it a widespread disease not only across the nation but across generations. Therefore, an effective course of treatment is essential for dealing with arthritis pain, preventing joint deterioration and getting your life moving in the right direction again.