Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritic hands

Arthritis Awareness Month is the month of May.

Man experiencing arthritic pain in his knees

In order to beat arthritis, we need to understand the condition. Knowledge is power. Research and support is always needed. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the country. It impacts more than 50 million Americans. Arthritis affects 1 in 5 adults. Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition. There are more than 100 forms of this disease, which can cause stiffness, swelling and severe joint pain and lead to a loss of motion and mobility. Arthritis is a crippling disease that can affect joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and connective tissues. Currently, there is no cure for this debilitating disease. Rheumatologists are doctors that specialize in arthritis care, and they can diagnose, treat and, help their patients manage their pain. Over 9 thousand deaths per year are deemed from arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis seen. It affects nearly 27 million Americans usually over the age of 45. Rheumatoid arthritis is another common form that affects about 1.5 million people. May is a great time to get moving. CompassionCare Hospice knows it has been shown that physical activity improves arthritis pain, fatigue, function, and quality of life.