posted Mar 27, 2012, 4:05 PM by LASP Team
Sunday 25 March to Saturday 31 March is
Arthritis Awareness Week.
Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100
medical conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, specifically joints
where two or more bones meet.
Arthritis-related problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to
joint cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones, enabling them to
move against each another) and surrounding structures. This can result in joint
weakness, instability and deformities that can interfere with the most basic
daily tasks such as walking, driving a car and preparing food.
Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with
3.85million Australians affected at a cost to our economy of more than $23.9
billion each year in medical care and indirect costs such as loss of earnings
and lost production.
As the population ages, the number of people with arthritis is growing.
According to leading researcher Access Economics, current trends suggest that,
by 2050, 7 million Australians will suffer from some form of arthritis!
Arthritis is not yet curable. While the condition
is usually manageable, it invariably impacts on a patient's quality of life and
includes varying degrees of discomfort and pain.
Did you know your Physiotherapist can help you
manage your Arthritis symptoms? Ring us on (02) 4647 3373 to book an
appointment or speak to a Physiotherapist.
For more information download the attached handout
or visit the Arthritis Australia website