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World Arthritis Day is in October

October 14, 2011 by Lynn.

from Helen Weir
from Helen Weir
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) joins organizations from around the world in celebrating World Arthritis Day. Held every year on October 12, this year's theme is "Move to Improve" - focusing on using physical activity to combat arthritis and rheumatic diseases - such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gouty arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

An estimated 50 million Americans including nearly 300,000 children are affected by arthritis and rheumatic diseases. People with these diseases who are inactive can have a variety of health risks, including type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, decreased pain tolerance, weak muscles, stiff joints and poor balance common to many forms of arthritis can be made worse by inactivity.

Conversely, those who are physically active benefit from exercise and can experience improvement in pain, energy, sleep, and day-to-day functioning. In addition, people who are physically active are healthier, happier and live longer than those who are inactive and unfit, and this is especially true for people with arthritis. Despite these facts, arthritis is one of the most common reasons people give for limiting physical activity and recreational pursuits.

"Many people with arthritis and rheumatic diseases suffer from joint pain and stiffness, which can cause a person to avoid exercise out of the fear of increasing their pain or causing injury," says ACR President and practicing rheumatologist, David Borenstein, MD. "However, exercise when properly planned and safely executed can do just the opposite."

To create a safe, realistic and customized exercise plan, the ACR offers six tips: "While there is no cure for arthritis, a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise can improve quality of life" explains Dr. Borenstein. "And, exercising can be very motivating and one of the easiest ways to combat pain from arthritis and rheumatic diseases."

In addition to celebrating World Arthritis Day, the ACR partners with the Arthritis Foundation on its Ad Council campaign to help people age 55 and up who have, or are at risk for developing, osteoarthritis discover movement as a weapon in the fight against arthritis. The campaign, "Fight Arthritis Pain," was created to increase the public's awareness that there are simple steps everyone can take to prevent and decrease the pain and disability of OA.

The American College of Rheumatology is an international professional medical society that represents more than 8,000 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals around the world. For more information about the ACR and rheumatology, visit http://www.rheumatology.org. For more information about the World Arthritis Day, visit http://www.worldarthritisday.org .

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