Debunking the Myths of Arthritis
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|Mon, 05-06-2013 - 3:27pm|
May is Arthritis Awareness Month. This year, the focus of The Arthritis Foundation is to dispel the myths of arthritis and help the public understand the truth about these diseases. I recently spoke to Dr. Patience White, VP of Public Health at The Arthritis Foundation.
Osteoarthritis: A Public Health Crisis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 26 million people in the US, with millions more to come as the population ages. This has a high economic and personal impact and it can be prevented.
Dr. White explains that "osteoarthritis has a large behavioral component." Three behavioral factors can contribute to preventing osteoarthritis or reducing its impact.