In the United States, more than 54 million people, 23% of all adults, suffer from arthritis. It is a leading cause of work disability, with annual costs for medical care and lost earnings reaching $303.5 billion. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) 60% of US adults with arthritis are of working age (18 to 64 years). Arthritis can limit the type of work they are able to do or keep them from working at altogether. In fact, 8 million working-age adults report that their ability to work is limited because of their arthritis. For example, they may have a hard time doing regular day-to-day activities such as lifting a grocery bag, walking to the car, or even holding a cup.
Usual symptoms of arthritis that cause a lot of discomfort include pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. Arthritis is a progressive condition that is unlikely to improve without treatment and will probably get worse. Arthritis treatment is dependent on the nature of the underlying condition and its level of severity. The main treatments of arthritis target the reduction of inflammation and try to improve the function of affected areas preemptively. Treating arthritis, physicians typically focus on a combination of relieving symptoms and improving joint function and mobility. Treatment generally includes rest, occupational or physical therapy, exercise, medication, and sometimes surgery to correct joint damage.
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Care.Wallet allows a seamless scheduling solution for both in-office and virtual visits. It can even help you with ordering a ride to the healthcare facility in case a face-to-face interaction with a healthcare provider is needed. As many types of arthritis are chronic, Care.Wallet can also help patients to stay in touch with their doctors over a course of time, to manage the progressing disease via Care.Circle. It is a comprehensive tool that allows arthritis patients to report their new symptoms and receive feedback or reminders from their care provider. For example, an update of the exercise plan or a reminder about a follow-up appointment.
Solve.Care’s Care.Wallet heralds in a patient era in healthcare, making quality care available to everyone with just a few clicks. Did you find the above article interesting? Take a look at our previous article, Gastritis in Australia.