UNDERSTANDING

ARTHRITIS

INFORMATION FROM NYACK HOPSITAL

 

1 OUT OF 5

ADULTS IN THE U.S. HAVE ARTHRITIS.

ARTHRITIS
IS THE LEADING CAUSE
OF DISABILITY
IN THE U.S.

OF PEOPLE WITH
ARTHRITIS ARE
UNDER 65
YEARS OLD.
 
THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF ARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis

Progressive Degenerative Joint Disease
A joint’s cartilage is damaged by wear-and-tear from daily activities and movement. Enough damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, causing pain and restricted movement.

RISKS: obesity, age, history of joint injury

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Systemic Disease
The body’s immune system attacks the lining of
the joint capsule, causing it to become inflamed and swell. The disease process can eventually
destroy cartilage and bone within the joint.

RISKS: family history, age, sex (women more likely)
 

29% of women

19% of men report having arthritis.

 
MANAGE ARTHRITIS WITH EXERCISE
Strength
Aerobic
Range-of-Motion
Balance + Agility
WHY: Maintain/increase muscle strength to
support and protect joints.
WHY: Control weight and improve overall fitness.
WHY: Reduce stiffness
and improve flexibility
and movements in joints.
WHY: Help maintain
your daily living skills.
HOW: Lift weights or
use exercise bands.
HOW: Running, walking,
biking, or swimming.
HOW: Raise your arms over head, bend and straighten elbows and knees, flex your hips up and down.
HOW: Yoga, tai chi, pilates
 
 
Sources: Dr. Jordan Simon, Nyack Hospital; Mayo Clinic, mayoclinic.org; Arthritis Foundation, arthritis.org;
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, niams.nih.gov