Five Things You Can Do for Arthritis Awareness Month
By Brian Acton
Every year, May is recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month – a time to focus on a condition that affects more than 50 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the country. Despite the prevalence of the disease, there is still much we don’t know about arthritis, and researchers are still working to find better treatments, prevention measures, and even a cure.
Many Core Products customers live with arthritis – our products that ease pain or support movement have helped treat arthritis symptoms for many. Even if you don’t have arthritis, odds are good you know someone who is affected. As it affects such a large portion of our population, it’s in every American’s interest to help support arthritis research and the search for a cure.
With that in mind, here are five things you can do for Arthritis Awareness Month to help promote arthritis awareness, support research, and help you live with your arthritis.
Did you know that arthritis can affect people of any age – not just people over 50? Did you know that there were more than 40 types of arthritis? Or that certain diets are believed to help treat or prevent the disease?
If not, a great goal this month is to learn more. If your understanding of arthritis is limited, you could brush up on your basics; if you have a decent understanding, you may want to know some of the latest breakthroughs in arthritis research.
A few great places to start:
You can help organizations that are dedicated to helping further arthritis research and treatment. By donating, volunteering, or fundraising, you can help further medical research and support the millions of Americans living with arthritis today.
The Arthritis Foundation has a whole host of events and volunteer opportunities
, and you can search them by your area to find the ones happening near you. There are walks, runs, biking events, dinners and galas – you can even advocate to help fight for arthritis issues with lawmakers at the state and federal level!
The National Arthritis Research Foundation also has several opportunities to get involved
And, if donations are more your speed, most research and advocacy groups will be happy to accept your generosity.
Talk to Other Arthritis Sufferers
If you have arthritis, sometimes nothing is better therapy than talking about it with other people who are having similar experiences. There are plenty of local network groups out there, and even online support groups
If you don’t have arthritis, but want to know more firsthand, talking to a friend or loved one who has experienced it personally (and who doesn’t mind sharing details) is a great educational resource.
Start an Exercise Program (and Invite Your Friends!)
You can’t always control the symptoms of your arthritis, but you can
choose a lifestyle that will ease those symptoms. Old fashioned physical activity is one of the best ways to improve pain, range of motion, and quality of life. Exercise can also help boost your mood and lose weight.
Depending on your current level of activity, there are a number of different ways to get started – but simple walking and muscle strengthening activities are great for the uninitiated. To start, check out some of these fitness programs for people with arthritis
Speak to Your Doctor
If you currently experience arthritis, you should have a regular doctor you can rely upon to discuss concerns such as pain management and treatment, as well as living with and managing your disease. A medical professional that can provide regular guidance is very important for people with arthritis.
If you don’t have arthritis, but want to know how you can reduce your risk of developing a condition, your general practitioner should be able to point you in the right direction.
However you choose to spend National Arthritis Awareness Month, we urge you to take a step that improves your own lifestyle or helps improve the lives of others. Together, we can move toward better treatments, better arthritis management, and ultimately a cure.