Arthritis describes more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect the body’s joints and surrounding tissue. Some signs of arthritis include aching, stiffness and swelling. If you are experiencing these signs and symptoms, talk to your doctor.

There are a number of things you can do to feel better. Participation in a self-management educational workshop can help teach you the skills and give you the confidence to manage arthritis symptoms on a day-to-day basis. Contact your local branch of the Arthritis Foundation to find classes in your area or ask your doctor to refer you to a class.

Regular physical activity for people with arthritis is generally safe, reduces pain and can help keep you doing many of the things you enjoy. Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

A healthy body weight lowers the risk of developing arthritis and may stop the disease from getting worse. If you need to lose weight to reach this healthy range, talk with your doctor about a sensible weight-loss plan.

— Sources: California Arthritis Partnership Program; Arthritis Foundation


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