The reality of Arthritis
There comes a day for each of us, when we realize that a certain ache or pain hasn’t gone away–that it’s been happening regularly, and that it’s just not getting better. That day may come when we’re in our 20′s or our 60′s, or anytime in between. The reality is that our body is clamoring for attention. It’s feeling old, but YOU are certainly not old, right? You think “how could this be happening to ME?” Don’t take it personal. On the contrary, consider these national statistics…..
- As the nation’s number one crippling disease and the most common chronic disease in people over 40, arthritis affects more than 40 million Americans. And this figure is expected to rise to 60 million by 2020, according to the Center for Disease Control.
- Arthritis generally afflicts people between the ages of 20 and 50, but can affect all ages, even infants.
- The average age of onset is 47 and about three out of every five people with arthritis are under 65 years of age.
- Arthritic expenditures for just one person due to lost wages, medical treatment and other related expenses can come to more than $150,000 in his or her lifetime.
- And doctors believe there are over 100 different forms of arthritis, all sharing one main characteristic: all forms cause joint inflammation.
Yup, you’ve got arthritis. At first it’s hard to wrap your brain around that idea, After all, you’re NOT OLD! But whether it’s in it’s early stages and a mere 30 minute inconvenience when you first get up in the morning, or whether it’s an all-day “body toothache”, welcome to the world of arthritis. You probably thought of arthritis as something your grandparents suffered in their senior years. But as you can see by the statistics above, your perception is just not true. And now, arthritis has come knocking on YOUR door. You can close the door, stick your head in the sand and pretend it’s not happening to you, or learn deal with it effectively. Your choice. This website is for those who choose the informed & pro-active path.
It’s not how good you are, it’s how long you are good!
For most people arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis. Joints naturally degenerate over time. Arthritis is a chronic disease that can stay with you for a long time and possibly for the rest of your life. Arthritis is not just 1 disease; it is a complex disorder that comprises more than 100 distinct conditions and can affect people at any stage of life.
Today, we enjoy a more active lifestyle than ever, and participate in our hobbies & sporting passions later in life than ever. And there are certainly many, many more activities to sample & enjoy than ever before. For example, consider the tremendous rise in XGame and MMA style activities just over the last decade alone. These days, there are more people doing more things more often. And it’s obvious that in order to keep up, you need to be aware of what is happening to your body, treat it well, reduce or eliminate its aches and pains, and continue to enjoy your lifestyle.
Sounds good, right? Well the bad news is, there is no way to cure arthritis, unfortunately. But keeping it under control, and managing it? Certainly!
Welcome to Arthritis-101 !
This website is a guide to all things about arthritis, including what to do (and NOT to do) to help retard its progress in your body. Use it as your guide to keeping your body active, fluid, and strong. The information we’ve prepared for you here, will help you achieve your active goals well into YOUR senior years. We’ve tried to avoid the highbrow attitude, lingo, and depressing “gloom ‘n doom” of other arthritis sites on the web, in favor of concise, understandable, positive information. It is intended to help you navigate your way through the confusing maze of information (and mis-infomation) that dots the internet on the subject of arthritis.
No need to take notes! Welcome to class, read on and learn…..