The Arthritis Foundation in reply to a report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) which appears today in the issue of Morbidity and Mortality weekly report that corresponds to World Arthritis Day on October 12th, states the current overwhelming social and economic impact of arthritis in the United States is set escalate in the up and coming decades.
Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Dr. John H. Klippel replies that the report affirms that arthritis is common, costly and disabling. The number of adults with arthritis has gone up by almost one million persons each year with an impact on the usual activities on an unparalleled 21 million adults. Arthritis also bears a hefty financial burden which costs the economy $128 billion dollars each year. As a nation arthritis needs to be taken more seriously and make it unwelcome. With a prediction of about 67 million Americans having arthritis by 2030, right now is time to expand efforts to prevent, treat and cure this most common cause of disability of the United States.
Included in the findings report from 2007 – 2009:
50 million adults in the United States have arthritis which is an increase from 46 million in 2003 – 2005.
Arthritis influences daily activities of 21 million adults which is increased from 19 million in 2003 – 2005, including:
9.4% of the whole adult population
42.4% of adults with arthritis
BMI (body mass index) impacts the predominance of arthritis
29.6% of obese adults have arthritis meaning one in three
One in five overweight adults have arthritis and one in six of normal/underweight have arthritis
Dr. Jennifer Hootman,PhD, epidemiologist with the CDC and Prevention’s Arthritis Program, states it is common knowledge that obesity leads to and worsens arthritis. The current immense rates of obesity in the United States, along with aging in the population, possibly is adding to the increase of arthritis predominance and linked activity limits.
World Arthritis Day
In order to assist all Americans in taking easy steps that will prevent or lessen the pain and disability of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation is launching several actions in support of World Arthritis Day and as a branch of the Fight Arthritis Pain campaign which was launched in February with the Ad Council.
Blue for Arthritis
In awareness of World Arthritis Day, the Arthritis Foundation is encouraging all Americans to “Do Blue” on Tuesday, October 12th from lighting up of national landmarks, like Niagara Falls, to the wearing of blue apparel. Not only will voices be heard but they will also be seen.
Twitter Party with Experts
Receive answers to your questions on the management and treatment of osteoarthritis. The Arthritis Foundation along with the American College of Rheumatology, will be hosting a Twitter party at 2pm EDT on October 12th, Dr. Patience White of the Arthritis Foundation and Dr. Arthur Weinstein of Washington Hospital Center and George Town University Medical Center will be answering questions live on Twitter. Come and join the party at tag #arthritisday. Arthritis Foundation on Twitter arthritis_org
Events in or around Detroit
Jungle Bell Run Walk November 20th Bloomfield Hills
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American House Dearborn Heights
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W. Bloomfield Parks & Recreation
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More and more persons today are seeking alternative treatments for arthritis. The reason behind this growing trend is most conventional treatments are prescription medications. Granted there are more arthritis medications available especially in rheumatoid arthritis. Nevertheless, these treatments do carry side effects Methotrexate can cause liver damage and medications such a prednisone include numerous side effects one being osteoarthritis.
Even the over the counter non-steroidal medications like ibuprofen can be dangerous. In 1999, 16,500 Americans had died of gastrointestinal bleeding due to these medication. Let us not forget the latest update of over 500 serious side effects from Tylenol.
Below are some of the most used alternative treatments for arthritis today:
Chiropractic treatments for arthritis has been proven to be exceptionally effective in the treatment of arthritis along with its symptoms in both genetic and non-genetic forms. Chiropractic care approaches the practical issue of getting the body to move more freely, which leads to a decrease of medication or elimination. Regular treatments aides in prevention or at least minimizes its damaging effects. Chiropractic yields many benefits in offsetting the damaging effects of this disease. Due to the fact chiropractic concentrates on physical manipulations, joints directly can be adjusted for reduction of pain and in general practice can alleviate numerous forms of arthritis.
If arthritis does happen to occur, spinal manipulations can lead to diminished pain by the assistance in overall health which results in ease of movement and decreased fluid build up in the joints. Chiropractic also employs massage, hot and cold therapy, nutritional education and electric stimulation with the use of TENS units which stimulates the bodies own natural pain killers and block the nerve fibers that produce the pain.
Many persons turn to chiropractic instead of medications for pain relief. Chiropractic has been noted to treat the various forms of arthritis which include osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, gout and juvenile arthritis.
Acupuncture has been found to be greatly effecting in the treatment of pain and inflammation linked to all forms of arthritis. Acupuncture treats points located all over the body for arthritis. The length and number of treatments vary on many factors including the type and severity of the arthritis. Usual treatments can last from five to thirty minutes and having one or two treatments each week. Sometimes relief can be obtained after one treatment, however if the arthritis is chronic several treatments will be required. The popularity of acupuncture is growing today due to the fact it does provide relief with no known side effects.
Chinese herbal formulas may also be given. These can include Cinnamon Twig and Peony for swollen and painful joints which are warm to the touch and worsen at nighttime.
There is an extensive list of herbs in which can treat joint pain from arthritis. A few include:
Black Cohosh a Native American treatment for arthritis using the root. This herb contains a substance just like aspirin along with other anti-inflammatory and anti-spasm relief properties.
Boswellia is an anti-inflammatory much like NSAIDs, however long term use will not cause stomach ulcerations.
Hop Tea acts very much like a steroid for anti-inflammatory. The fresher the plant the better it is. This tea is very popular for rheumatism. Simply put two or three leaves in a cup and fill with boiling hot water. Cover the cup and allow to stand for fifteen minutes. Drink tea while it is warm. Dosage is one to three cups between dinner and bedtime.
Wild Cucumber Bark as described by herbalists as being the best plant for the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis. Use one teaspoon to one up of hot water to make a tea. Can be used twice daily.
Massage therapy can help to decrease the inflammation associated with arthritis. It decrease muscle spasms and compression due to arthritis.
Swedish and Deep Tissue massage are the most used types of massage for arthritis providing benefits which include decreased pain and inflammation, muscle aches and stiffness and increased mobility.
A few alternative practitioners in or around Detroit area:
A & L Chiropractic Center
24281 Middlebelt Road
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Health First Chiropractic
333 East Jefferson Avenue Suite M298
Detroit Community Acupuncture
4100 Woodward Avenue
Acupuncture & Herbs Miracle
23700 Orchard Lake Road Suite K
Jim Mcdonald Herbalist
Serving Detroit Area
Teari Massage Spa
1811 Parker Street
Touch Therapy Associates
30095 Northwestern Highway
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