September Wellness - Bones & Joints, Quick Care Options

What’s your arthritis action plan?

Did you know there are over 100 types of arthritis? More than 50 million Americans have some type of arthritis. Arthritis is painful. If you have it, you already know how uncomfortable it can be to live with it. The good news is there are things you can do to help relieve some of the pain.

Talk to your doctor about:

  • Over-the-counter and prescription drugs
  • Low-impact aerobic exercise, strength training and stretching
  • Losing weight
  • Physical therapy
You may be young and not worried about arthritis, but you could be at risk for it in the future. There are things you can do to lessen the severity or even possibly reduce your chances of it ever developing.

Who is at risk?
  • People with a family history of arthritis
  • People without a family history who are older
  • People with previous joint injuries
  • People who are overweight or obese
  • People with diabetes
Below are more information on arthritis and other related preventive measures that could help you. Put your plan in action today!

Is it an emergency?

Sprains, broken bones, and back pain are common for emergency room visits. Before you head to the ER, know your options. There may be more affordable options – like a retail or urgent care clinic. Call your primary care doctor if you are unsure where you should go. If it’s a true emergency – go to the ER.

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Source:
  1. Anthem Blue Cross Wellness Calendar - http://timewellspent-ca.anthem.com/
  2. CDC – Arthritis FAQS - cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/faqs.htm#1