Cook County Health Brings Awareness to Arthritis

 
Elizabeth Pedersen, Cook County Health

Did you know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S.?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. Arthritis is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older. People who have a family history are also at greater risk of developing arthritis.

In recognition of Arthritis Awareness Month, Cook County Health wants to bring awareness to arthritis with tips on how you can help lower your risk:

- Maintain a healthy weight

- Do not smoke. If you smoke, consider quitting. Not smoking has many health benefits.

- Eat a healthy diet, including fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids

- Exercise to maintain range of motion and flexibility

- Use proper safety equipment to prevent injuries when playing sports

- Practice good work habits such as bending with your knees and hips when lifting heavy objects

There are more than 100 types of arthritis out there today, with osteoarthritis being the most prevalent. Early treatment is key in stopping permanent damage.

If you are experiencing any major issues with your joints, Cook County Health physicians are here to help you. Call 312-864-0200 to make an appointment or learn more about our services. You may also visit our website at cookcountyhealth.org.

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