May Is National Arthritis Awareness Month
An estimated 27 million adults in the United States live with osteoarthritis—the most common type of arthritis. This month, we’re sharing some of the latest research findings on mind and body approaches for arthritis. Each week in May, we’ll provide information on a different topic—tai chi, acupuncture, or massage therapy.
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, which is the connective tissue that cushions the ends of bones within the joint. Osteoarthritis is characterized by pain, joint damage, and limited motion. The disease generally occurs late in life, and most commonly affects the hands and large weight-bearing joints, such as the knees. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a health condition that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. Conventional medical treatments are highly effective for RA; however, researchers are also studying complementary health approaches as possible additions to RA treatments.
Have Questions About Arthritis?
We’ll answer your questions about arthritis and mind and body approaches on our #ArthritisAndMindBody posts on Instagram.
Subscribe to our New Instagram Email
Want to stay up-to-date on some of our most recent @NIH_NCCIH Instagram posts? Sign up for our Instagram email to get photos and info on complementary and integrative health topics sent right to your email inbox!