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.
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.
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.
Cigarette smoking increases your risk of developing arthritis and can make it worse.
Now what do I do? Stop smoking. Do not delay, get help today from the Kansas Tobacco Quitline.
Jobs that require frequent bending of the joints can lead to some types of arthritis.
Now what do I do? Understand your physical limitations. Clear your worksite from debris and other hazards. Practice safe lifting and when available, use tools and equipment to help.
It is possible for bacteria and viruses to infect joints. This may cause some types of arthritis.
Now what do I do? Call your doctor if your joints are red, swollen or warm.
Joint overuse or injury from repeated motion or stress, such as bending, can damage teh joint and may lead to arthritis.
Now what do I do? Try these exercises designed to strengthen and protect your joints.
Managing your Arthritis
If you have arthritis, you can start managing it today.
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.
- 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.
Visit the Doctor
If you have ongoing joint pain be sure to talk with your doctor. Getting a diagnosis early can help you get treatment and minimize symptoms.
The focus of arthritis is treatment is to:
- Reduce pain.
- Minimize joint damage.
- Improve and maintain function and quality of life.
- Losing extra weight is important for people with arthritis. Losing as little as ten pounds can reduce pressure and pain on key joints.
- Joint injuries can cause or worsen arthritis. Control your risk factors, listen to your body and let your doctor know if you have ongoing pain.