Arthritis can limit everything a person does, from moving about their own homes to the type of work they can do. While it is more prevalent in Kentucky than any other state, arthritis is common across the country, with about one of five adults having arthritis diagnosed by a doctor. In fact, it is the nation’s most common cause of disability.
Treatment is meant to control pain, minimize damage to the joints and help people with arthritis enjoy a higher quality of life.
Treatments can include:
• Physical or occupational therapy
• Splints or joint aids
• Patient education and support
• Weight loss
• Symptom self-management
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department is pleased to sponsor the Walk with Ease program. Staff can provide materials for a this self- or group-led walking program in which participants get the benefits of stretching and low impact, low weight bearing exercise. The type of exercise promoted in this program has been shown to improve arthritis symptoms and Walk with Ease participants have shown increased bone density, flexibility and more. If you’re interested in Walk with Ease, contact the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.