Arthritis Awareness Brought to you by Senior Extra at Carlisle Regional Medical Center

CARLISLE, PA (June 28, 2022) — Do you have joint pain, progressive stiffness, swelling, and/or joint damage? These are just a few of the symptoms of arthritis. Since many forms of arthritis can cause irreversible joint damage, it is very important to recognize the signs and symptoms and get help as soon as possible. We know that arthritis can be difficult to “self-diagnose,” so Carlisle Regional Medical Center’s Senior Extra program recommends that you visit your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms outlined by the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Occasional swelling and/or tenderness
  • Difficulty moving a join
  • Redness around a joint

You may be one of the many people that believe that arthritis is not a treatable disease. Lucky for you, that is not the case. With recent treatment developments, including medications, exercise programs, surgeries and self-management techniques, many people – even with serious types of arthritis – lead full lives. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are also three important things you can do to prevent and manage arthritis pain:

  • Engage in physical activity – Moving is the best medicine. Physical activity maintains and improves muscle flexibility and strength. Strong, flexible muscles help support and stabilize joints, as well as relieve and prevent pain.
  • Protect your joints – Protecting your joints can prevent harmful stress on painful joints. In order to prevent injury, it’s important to keep the muscles around joints strong.
  • Control your weight – Losing even a little weight can ease joint pain. For every one pound of weight loss, there is a four-pound reduction in the load exerted by each knee.

With the right treatment and care, you can “take action to change the course of arthritis.” Talk with your doctor today to learn how you can prevent and manage your arthritis pain.

About Senior Extra: Since health care is ever-changing and advancing, Senior Extra provides the latest information about health advancements through regular seminars and events. To find out more and to sign up for a free membership, visit www.SeniorExtra.com.

Carlisle Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive, regional healthcare resource, committed to offering high-quality healthcare, state-of-the-art equipment, expansive services and unique programs, meeting the needs of patients, physicians, employees and the community. Recognized as one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, our high-quality physicians and 165-bed facility makes Carlisle Regional Medical Center one of the best community medical centers.