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To recognize the toll of arthritis on Americans’ health, the CDC, Arthritis Foundation, OA Action Alliance, and other partners observe Arthritis Awareness Month in May.

In This Issue

  • COVID-19 Resources for People with Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis in the Media
  • Webinars
  • Resources for OA Researchers

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

An estimated 58.5 million adults in the U.S. are affected by some form of arthritis, which breaks down to about 23.7% of the population. As the number of older Americans contin­ues to grow, and the rates of obesity and overweight increase, the number of people with arthritis-attributable activity limitations will only increase.

#OAAwarenessWeekOsteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, especially amongst older people. For the unfamiliar, OA mostly affects cartilage. The surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, these changes can affect the bones, tendons, and other joint tissues.

While there is no cure for arthritis, joint pain and other OA symptoms can be managed through treatment, lifestyle changes, and education. If you are wondering how, when, or where to get started, make an appointment with your healthcare provider and use the Talking With My Provider Worksheet to get you moving on a path to less joint pain.

The CDC and OA Action Alliance are promoting the 2nd week in May (5/8-5/14) as Osteoarthritis Awareness Week!
Remember to add the hashtag
#OAAwarenessWeek
to your social media posts this week to help spread the word!

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
James Thurber

 

COVID-19 Resources for People with Arthritis

Managing OA during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

  • Axios: How squats power your life (4/27/2022)
  • America Walks: For many Americans walking is transportation, not recreation (4/27/2022)
  • The Joint Action has posted a new podcast on the topic “How can braces help with knee osteoarthritis?” (4/24/2022)
  • The Spring 2022 issue of Weight Matters Magazine has been released (4/22/2022)
  • AARP: Health worries lessen with age? AARP survey on Health and Aging (4/20/2022)
  • Healio: Patients with OA & dementia have fewer ‘hospital-free years’ than those without dementia (4/18/2022)
  • McMaster University: Walk your way to better health (4/13/2022)
  • Arthritis Foundation: 12 best foods for arthritis (4/13/2022)
  • TARC Researchers share findings and expertise at OARSI Conference (4/11/2022)
  • Healio: Accentuate the negative: Loss framing improves habits in osteoarthritis over positivity (4/7/2022)
  • EULAR: Never too late for patients with rheumatic disease to start exercising (4/5/2022)

 

Webinars

5/18 Lunch & Learn

Resources for OA Researchers

Click the button below to access our regularly updated list of Events and Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Webinars, and Announcements related to Osteoarthritis research. Remember to bookmark this website!

Events, Funding, and More

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Do you have something you would like to share with us? Please email us at oaaction@unc.edu so we can promote it!
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