National Arthritis Awareness Month:
Understanding, Empowering, and Supporting

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. At JIS Orthopedics, we stand alongside millions worldwide to illuminate this prevalent yet often misunderstood condition. This month offers a significant opportunity to educate, advocate, and empower individuals affected by arthritis and their families and communities.

Understanding Arthritis:

Arthritis isn’t just a single disease; it’s a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders characterized by joint inflammation. From osteoarthritis, the most common type typically associated with aging and wear and tear, to rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition, and juvenile arthritis, which affects children, there are many forms with distinct causes, symptoms, and treatments.

The Impact of Arthritis:

Arthritis isn’t merely aches and pains; it’s a condition that can profoundly affect daily life. Joint stiffness, swelling, and pain can limit mobility, impairing activities such as walking or gripping objects. Moreover, the impact of arthritis extends beyond physical discomfort, often affecting mental health, work productivity, and overall quality of life.

Empowering Through Education:

One of the most potent tools in combating arthritis is education. National Arthritis Awareness Month provides an excellent platform to dispel myths, share accurate information, and empower individuals to take control of their health. Knowledge is key to effective management, from understanding risk factors to recognizing early symptoms and exploring treatment options.

In the videos below, Drs. Lombardi and Snook discuss hip, knee, and spine arthritis. Hear from our experts about arthritis symptoms, when you should see a specialist, and what treatments are available. 

Supporting Those Affected:

At JIS Orthopedics, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support for individuals living with arthritis. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and support staff work collaboratively to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Through a multidisciplinary approach encompassing conservative management, medication, physical therapy, and surgical interventions, when necessary, we strive to optimize outcomes and enhance quality of life.

Advancing Research and Innovation:

Research is the cornerstone of progress in arthritis care. Through ongoing research efforts, we’re continually striving to deepen our understanding of arthritis, identify new treatment modalities, and improve patient outcomes. From exploring the role of genetics in arthritis development to investigating innovative therapies such as biologics and regenerative medicine, the pursuit of knowledge drives innovation and fosters hope for the future.

Getting Involved:

During National Arthritis Awareness Month, there are countless ways to get involved and make a difference. Whether participating in local events, sharing educational resources on social media, or simply lending a supportive ear to someone affected by arthritis, every action counts. Coming together as a community can raise awareness, promote understanding, and advocate for better care and support for all those impacted by arthritis.

As we observe National Arthritis Awareness Month, let’s unite to understand, empower, and support individuals living with arthritis. By fostering education, providing comprehensive care, supporting research, and coming together as a community, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by this widespread condition. Together, we can work towards a future where arthritis no longer impedes individuals from living life to the fullest.

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