Arthritis includes more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. Symptoms vary depending on the specific form of the disease, but typically include pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints.  Some rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body.

Managing Arthritis

1. Learn new self-management skills.

2. Be active.

3. Talk to your doctor.

4. Manage your weight.

5. Protect your joints.

Physical Activity for Arthritis

Start low, go slow.

Modify activity when arthritis symptoms increase, try to stay active.

Activities should be “joint friendly.”

Recognize safe places and ways to be active.

Talk to a health professional or certified exercise specialist.

Risk Factors

Risk factors that cannot be controlled

Age, Gender, and Genetic.

Risk factors that can be controlled

Joint Injuries, Infection, Occupation, Overweight and Obesity.

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(Source: CDC)

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