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. View the latest Kansas data (PDF) on arthritis.
Several characteristics called risk factors affect whether your risk is high or low for arthritis. These incldue weight, smoking, employement and injuries and infections.
Physical activity is beneficial for everyone, especially if you have arthritis. The best part is that it is a simple, effective non-drug way to relieve pain.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults be physically active at a moderate intensity for 150 minutes per week. Check out these ways to exercise safely. When in doubt talk to your doctor.