Did you know that while many people think of arthritis as a single disease, it is actually a broad term used to describe more than 100 conditions which affect the joints?
Arthritis is a leading cause of chronic pain and disability in Australia. Over 3.85 million Australians are affected by arthritis every year (AIHW 2010). The three most common forms of arthritis are; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Between them, these three conditions make up more than 95% of arthritis cases across the country.
Many people think that arthritis only affects older people. This isn’t true. In fact, arthritis affects people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. Many children and young people live with arthritis every day. In Australia, two out of three people with arthritis are aged between 15 and 60 years old. Nearly 6 out of every 10 people with arthritis are females (AIHW 2010).
Arthritis affects different people in different ways, however it usually results in:
While there is no known cure for arthritis, there are a number of things that you can do to stay on top of it. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW, 2010) has identified the following three issues as being crucial in the prevention and management of arthritis: Three basic principles in preventing arthritis, in particular osteoarthritis, are to:
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