Arthritis is a general term that covers more than 100 related conditions that range from relatively mild problems affecting just one area of the body (such as tendinitis) to very serious diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis) that affect the whole body and can cause severe pain and deformity.
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Experiencing pain and stiffness, especially at night, may make it seem like your arthritis is forcing you to change your lifestyle.
Myth: Arthritis is just another name for painful joints.
Fact: Arthritis is actually the name of a group of over 100 different conditions. Some are relatively mild; others are serious and may affect the body's internal organs as well as the joints.
About 60% of the four million Canadians with arthritis are below the age of 65. The pain, stiffness, and fatigue that accompany arthritis can make it difficult to accomplish daily tasks in the workplace. Whether you spend your workday on a chair in front of a computer, doing manual labour, or standing on your feet in a store, restaurant, or factory, there are some things you can do to make it easier to do your job.
Starting a regular fitness program is a vital step toward taking control of your arthritis.
Living with arthritis can be challenging. Pain and stiffness can make it difficult to move around, and the limited range of motion can prevent you from engaging in your usual activities. However, there are some things you can do to help reduce your pain so you get more enjoyment from life.
Just because you’re taking a vacation, doesn't mean your exercise routine need suffer. Some stretching exercises can be done in the comfort of your hotel room, and in transit too.