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Take Charge of Joint Pain

Pain, stiffness and swelling around the joints — for those who are living with arthritis, these symptoms are all too familiar. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)*. They include:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Gout

While the disease is more common in older adults, there’s even a type that affects children.

Are You at Risk?

Experts aren’t sure what causes every type of arthritis. Genetics, lifestyle and environment may all play a role. Some risk factors for arthritis — such as age, gender and family history — are out of your control. But you do have some control over risk factors such as these:

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Certain infections

  • Joint injuries

  • Occupational stress

  • Smoking

If you have pain, swelling or stiffness, you should talk with your doctor. 

What Steps Can You Take to Ease Symptoms?

The CDC offers these tips for those who are living with arthritis:

  • Learn self-management skills. Take an active role in your treatment plan. Develop strategies to manage your symptoms and stay engaged in daily activities.

  • Be active. Regular physical activity can help ease discomfort, improve your range of motion and boost your mood.

  • Work with your doctor. Follow your treatment plan. Stay on top of regular appointments. Ask questions, if you have them, and report any new symptoms.

  • Manage your weight. Excess weight puts stress on your joints.

  • Protect your joints. Don’t risk injuries that could make your arthritis worse.

*The CDC is an independent organization that offers health information that members of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina may find helpful.

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