World Arthritis Day – Taking Action on Arthritis
Welcome to our October 2016 eNewsletter recognising World Arthritis Day. In this month’s eNewsletter we explore Arthritis types and the impact caused from Arthritis.
Do you, or someone you know, suffer from Arthritis?
The theme for World Arthritis Day 2016 is ‘It’s in your hands, take action’.
Putting it into Perspective:
As far as statistics go, more than 50 million adults worldwide have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That’s 1 in 5 people over the age of 18. Almost 1 in 5 Australians have arthritis. 1 in 250 children also suffer from arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
So what exactly is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a term often used to mean any disorder that affects joints. Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints. 
The term “Arthritis” is actually from Greek; ‘arthro’ meaning joint and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation.
Types of Arthritis:
The most common types of Arthritis are; Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout, though there are actually more than 100 types of arthritis, including; Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Septic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Still’s disease and Psoriatic Arthritis.
Effects of Arthritis:
For many, the effects of mild arthritis, muscle and joint pain, inflammation and stiffness can cause constant aches, difficulty with movement through stiffness and inflammation, and night pain that can lead to disturbed sleep. Arthritic disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis can affect other organs in the body, leading to a variety of symptoms.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from Arthritis please see your health professional.
There is presently no known cure for arthritis.
Self-Management of Arthritis:
Self-management of arthritis is what you do to manage your disease through making positive and healthy lifestyle choices, whilst understanding and acknowledging the impact of arthritis in your life.
Keep moving – as exercise is beneficial for managing arthritis and your overall health, strengthening the muscles that support your painful joints. Consider stretching activities like yoga.
Rest is also needing to be balanced when your disease is flaring and your joints are painful. Pace yourself, ask for help, and conserve your energy.
Maintain a healthy balanced diet, to maintain a healthy weight. Look at including foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties to help control inflammation.
And finally – improve your sleep habits to reduce fatigue and enable your body to recover.