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The cost of arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in the United States in 1997 alone, was $86.2 billion. Of this total $51.1 billion are direct medical-related costs and $35.1 billion are indirect costs or lost wages.

Arthritis comprises over 100 different diseases and conditions. The most common are osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Common symptoms include pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints.

Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis, including self-management activities, can help people with arthritis decrease pain, improve function, stay productive, and lower health care costs.
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Key self-management activities include the following:

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Although there is no cure-all for most types of arthritis, early diagnosis and appropriate management is important, especially for inflammatory types of arthritis. For example, early use of herbal remedies can affect the course of rheumatoid arthritis. If you have symptoms of arthritis, see your natural health care professional and begin appropriate management of your condition. Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Learn What You Can Do For persons with arthritis, arthritis education has been shown to help reduce pain, yet only 1 in 10 have taken such courses. Self-management education has been shown to reduce pain even 4 years after participating in a class.

Be Active Research has shown that physical activity decreases pain, improves function, and delays disability. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 3 days a week. You can get activity in 10-minute intervals.

Watch Your Weight The prevalence of arthritis increases with increasing weight. Research suggests that maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of developing arthritis and may decrease disease progression. A loss of just 11 pounds can decrease the occurrence of knee osteoarthritis.

Protect Your Joints Joint injury can lead to osteoarthritis. People who experience sports or occupational injuries or have jobs with repetitive motions like repeated knee bending have more osteoarthritis. Avoid joint injury to reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis.

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