May has been designated as Arthritis Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about arthritis, its causes, symptoms and treatment. If you or someone you know is affected by this painful disease, you can help make a difference by using the month to recommit to raising awareness about this serious condition and the specialized rheumatology care that can provide relief.
Learn More About Arthritis
Arthritis is a group of over 100 conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, causing chronic pain and problems with mobility. The effects can be debilitating and can interfere with the ability to work or engage in everyday activities. Research on arthritis continues, and Arthritis Awareness Month helps to bring attention to this common disease that affects millions of people each year. Here are five ways to get involved and celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month:
1. Donate to an Organization
An excellent way to celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month is by donating to organizations that work to improve arthritis care, such as the Arthritis Foundation. These groups have been instrumental in funding the research that helps people who live with arthritis to live more functional, pain-free lives. Your donation will help to discover new medications, therapies and surgical techniques that will help all those who struggle with arthritic conditions.
2. Become a Local Advocate
To increase awareness of arthritis and its effects, you can become a local advocate, attending many of the events that are held to fundraise for arthritis research and treatment. Joining one of the Arthritis Foundations bike events is a good way to focus public attention on arthritis conditions, a problem that affects an estimated 54 million adults in the United States.
3. Start an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Take a close look at your diet and consider changes that help to fight the inflammation associated with arthritis. Eat more fish, add soy products to your daily diet, snack on cherries, blueberries and other colorful fruits with anti-inflammatory properties. Sip on green tea and add more protein-rich beans to dishes. These foods will help you avoid or control inflammation in your body.
4. Share Information on Arthritis
You can also celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month by sharing information on how arthritis affects peoples’ lives. If you have arthritis yourself, commit to strengthening your relationships with those around you who may not understand what it’s like to deal with arthritis every day. If someone close to you has arthritis, share your knowledge with others so they can understand the problems that are common with this condition.
5. Become an Activist for Arthritis Nationally
You can also advance the cause of arthritis research by writing to your representative in Washington, D.C. to support funding of medical research on arthritis treatment and care. Become an ambassador for arthritis, to form relationships with legislators who can assist the cause of arthritis research.
Contact Arthritis Center of Lexington for Specialized Rheumatology Care
The Arthritis Center of Lexington offers individualized care for people who have rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and related conditions. We can provide a variety of diagnostic services, as part of our comprehensive care for patients with these issues. If you struggle with symptoms of arthritis, talk to your doctor for a referral to our office. Call us at 859-254-7000 with any questions you may have.