Arthritis: Your Comprehensive Guide To Pain Management
Arthritis is a term that actually describes more than 100 different diseases. As a rheumatologist treating patients with arthritis, I see people affected in many different ways. No two cases of rheumatoid arthritis are exactly alike. No two people with osteoarthritis have the same experience. Regardless, physicians like me treat all patients the same—with individual focus and concern, and with a goal to educate them about their arthritis so together we can improve the quality of their lives.
In the not so distant past, a patient receiving an arthritis diagnosis might have replied, “Well, I guess there is nothing I can do about it.” Thankfully, that is no longer the case. Innovative treatment options, including biologic drugs and improved surgical techniques, have dramatically improved the outlook for people with arthritis. Other “innovations” have been renewed emphasis on appropriate physical activity, patient self-management (like stress management, weight loss, and joint protection), and patient-physician communication. Today, we want the patient to be a partner in arthritis management. We want patients today and in the future to say, “I can do something about my arthritis.”
To be a partner in his or her arthritis care, a person with arthritis needs to know about the disease, the management options, and much more. Resources like this book, in addition to the information, programs, and support provided by the Arthritis Foundation throughout the United States, help people with arthritis realize that they are far from alone, educate them about their chronic disease, and help them, working in partnership with their physicians, to manage and take control of their arthritis.
I hope you will use these resources, become well-informed about your condition, and feel you can do something about your arthritis.
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