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Healthwise E-Links – Arthritis Awareness Month

May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect opportunity to educate and engage your members and patients about arthritis, an inflammation of the joints that can make it difficult to perform daily activities. The Healthwise Knowledgebase is full of resources to help people learn what the different types of arthritis are, how to manage the symptoms, and what treatments align with their preferences. This May, help your members and patients ease their pain and live better with arthritis.

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Treating your rheumatoid arthritisArthritis Awareness Month

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that causes joints to become red and swollen. You’ll often feel pain and stiffness in the joints of your hands, wrists, elbows, feet, ankles, knees, or neck. The inflammation from RA may destroy your joint tissues over time, making it difficult to perform daily activities. Although there is no cure, you may be able to relieve your RA symptoms and control the disease with medicine, exercise, and lifestyle changes. If you are currently living with or think you might have RA, use this helpful resource to understand the disease and consider your treatment preferences. [Create a hyperlink to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw86269]

Managing your osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, often referred to as “arthritis,” is a painful disease that affects your joints. Most common in older people, arthritis can make walking up and down the stairs, opening doors, and other everyday activities difficult. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage of your joints breaks down, allowing your bones to rub together and cause both damage and pain. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many ways to manage your symptoms and make it easier to go about your normal activities. Treatment options may include medicine, heat and cold therapy, exercise, or surgery. Here’s a guide to help you decide how to best manage your osteoarthritis. [Create a hyperlink to the Osteoarthritis Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw125723]

Helping your child deal with juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a childhood disease that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. Symptoms of JIA may also include trouble sleeping, problems walking, fever, or rash. Some children with JIA will grow out of the disease, but others will need ongoing treatment as adults. There are several types of JIA. Treatment will be based on the type of JIA and how serious it is. Medical treatments for JIA include physical therapy and medicine, but there are many things you can do at home to help your child relieve the symptoms and prevent problems caused by JIA. If you’re living with a child who has JIA, this guide can help you learn about the disease and work with your child’s care team to reduce your child’s joint pain and prevent disability. [Create a hyperlink to the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw104391]

Deciding about shoulder replacement surgery

If you have severe pain in your shoulder from osteoarthritis, you may be wondering about shoulder replacement surgery. Although many people can manage their pain with medicine, exercise, and other treatments, surgery may be an option if your pain is very bad and your arm and shoulder movements are limited. Shoulder replacement surgery should help ease your arthritis pain, but you won’t be able to move your shoulder as far as before you started to have shoulder problems. Before making a decision about surgery, it’s important to understand your options, the risks and benefits of those options, and what matters to you. Use this interactive tool to help you weigh the options, determine your preferences, and have an informed conversation with your doctor. [Create a hyperlink to the Arthritis: Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=bo1198]

Deciding about knee replacement surgery

If you have severe osteoarthritis in your knees, you may be considering whether knee replacement surgery is right for you. Many people can manage their symptoms with other treatments, like exercise and medicines, but for some people the pain interferes too much with daily life. Knee replacement surgery can relieve severe, disabling pain, and may restore your knee’s ability to work properly. But as with many treatment decisions, there are trade-offs to consider, such as length of rehabilitation, lack of good range of motion, possible need for repeat surgery, and complications from surgery. To help you weigh your options and make an informed decision, use this interactive guide. [Create a hyperlink to the Arthritis: Should I Have Knee Replacement Surgery? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=uh1514].

Social Media Tips for Medical Groups

  • Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Use this guide to understand the disease and consider your treatment preferences. [Insert a shortened URL to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw86269]
  • Got joint pain from osteoarthritis? Get help managing your arthritis with this comprehensive guide. [Insert a shortened URL to the Osteoarthritis Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw125723]
  • Does your child have juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)? This helpful resource can help get the best care for your child. [Insert a shortened URL to the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=hw104391]
  • Have severe osteoarthritis pain in your shoulder? Use this interactive guide to decide if shoulder replacement surgery is right for you. [Insert a shortened URL to the Arthritis: Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=bo1198]
  • Wondering whether knee replacement surgery to treat osteoarthritis is right for you? Here’s help deciding. [Insert a shortened URL to the Arthritis: Should I Have Knee Replacement Surgery? Decision Point on your website. DOCHWID=uh1514]

The Healthwise Knowledgebase has extensive content for almost all medical specialties, and it can be easily added to your website. Contact Practis today to learn more about adding medical content about conditions and treatments to your site.