TRH to host arthritis program

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By The Staff

Arthritis is a condition that affects 70 million Americans every day. Living with this condition alters nearly every activity in a person's daily life.

Normal things like sitting, standing, walking and even driving all have an increased level of pain associated with arthritis.

There is not a cure for arthritis, but there are plenty of therapies and exercises that help in easing the pain. Recent research has further advanced the knowledge on treating this chronic condition.

To find out more about new developments in the treatment of arthritis, Taylor Regional Hospital is hosting a free educational program Thursday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office.

Dr. Richard A. Sanders, board certified orthopedic surgeon at Taylor Regional Hospital, will be the guest speaker.

Services that will be available include blood pressure checks, massage therapy and body fat analysis. There will be several educational booths set up to answer questions and provide free information.

Booths will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30. Taylor County Extension Homemakers will provide refreshments.

Research suggests choosing a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy oils and vitamin D to be beneficial in easing the symptoms of arthritis. A physician can also help ensure a patient is taking the safest and most effective drugs. In addition to a healthy diet plan, weight loss and regular, gentle exercise can be the most effective methods of easing arthritis pain.

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It develops when the cartilage that cushions the joints breaks down, allowing bones to rub against each other. A less common form, rheumatoid arthritis, creates chronic inflammation of the linings of the joints and connective tissues.

When pain and joint destruction are severe, joint replacement can restore mobility and eliminate pain. The life expectancy of replacements is only about 15 years. Doctors urge patients to wait as long as possible before opting for joint replacement surgery.

For more information, call 789-5814.