Arthritis Action Month

May 1, 2012 by Molly Huff

May is Arthritis Action Month, and with arthritis affecting more than 50 million Americans, Affinity wants to take this opportunity to educate and help you get involved in the fight to change the course of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of this disease and is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint's cartilage.  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is also a chronic disease involving the inflammation of the lining of the joints.  RA can lead to long-term joint damage resulting in pain, loss of function and disability.  The third most common type of this disease is Juvenile Arthritis (JA).  JA refers to any form of arthritis condition developing in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years old. Approximately 294,000 children under 18 are affected by JA.

During Arthritis Action Month, the Arthritis Foundation encourages you to let your elected representatives know that conquering arthritis is important to you.  There are other ways to get involved as well - become a member of the Arthritis Foundation, and donate to help with funding for cures.

The Arthritis Walk that takes place this month in cities across our state is an annual nationwide event raising awareness and funds to fight arthritis.  Click here to find an Arthritis Walk near you.  Get involved and help with the fight against this common cause of disability.