Arthritis

We work to improve the quality of life of people impacted by arthritis through the support and promotion of Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions (AAEBIs). We continue to strengthen influential partnerships to expand and build sustainable AAEBI programming.

About 1 in 4 Kansans ≥ 18 years of age had doctor diagnosed arthritis. Kansans with arthritis are nearly three times more likely to live with a disability – hearing, vision, mobility, self-care, and/or independent living – as compared to those without arthritis.

Risk Factors

Several characteristics called risk factors affect whether your risk is high or low for arthritis. Some cannot be changed such as your age, gender and ethnicity. 

Others are well within your control; expand each category to learn more. 

  1. Weight
  2. Smoking
  3. Job
  4. Infection
  5. Injuries

Weight

Extra weight adds stress to joints, particularly weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. Losing as little as 10 to 12 pounds can reduce pain and improve function for people with arthritis.

Now what do I do? Maintain a healthy weight and participate in regular physical activity. 

Managing your Arthritis

If you have arthritis, you can start managing it today. 

  1. Learn Skills
  2. Be Active 
  3. Visit the Doctor
  4. Lose Weight
  5. Protect Joints

Learn Skills

Communities offer evidence-based programs — Enhanced®Fitness or Walk With Ease — specifically for those with arthritis. Former members of these classes share the benefits they noticed:

  • I feel more in control of my health.
  • I now know how to manage my pain and symptoms – I can do daily activities that were once difficult.
  • I have less stress and a better mood.
  • I am more confident when talking to my spouse and doctor about what I am experiencing.