Nearly 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis, which is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and typically affects the knees, hands, and hips. Anti-inflammatory drugs are mainstays of osteoarthritis treatment, but what you eat, how you move, and how you handle stress can also affect how you feel.
Here are 10 simple ways to manage your osteoarthritis pain:
1. Use hot or cold packs
2. Go for a walk
3. Try Tai Chi
4. Watch your weight
5. Eat more omega-3 fatty acids foods
6. Cook with olive oil
7. Practice meditation
8. Take vitamin D
9. Wear the right shoes
10. Don't smoke
To learn more about managing your arthritis, join the Arthritis Foundation and Lake Health at the annual Lake County Arthritis Expo, Wednesday, May 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at TriPoint Medical Center. Topics include an update on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout, Arthritis of the Knee, Arthritis of the Shoulder, and Balance Problems and Treatments. The event will also include a vendor expo, exercise demos, and more.
CONCORD TWP., OH, April 15, 2011 - The American Red Cross and Lake Health invite the community to honor their mother by giving blood this Mother’s Day. On Sunday, May 8, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lake Health will hold a blood drive at the Radisson Hotel and Suites, 35000 Curtis Blvd., Eastlake. All donors will receive a voucher good for Mother’s Day brunch that morning.
"Blood donors of all types are needed at this time," said Cathy Fincham, Operations Manager of Transfusion Services at Lake Health. "With Mother's Day fast approaching, there is no better way to show your love and appreciation than by giving blood in her honor or for a patient in need."
While nearly 60 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, fewer than 5 percent of healthy Americans actually donate each year. If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and meet other donor requirements, you may be eligible to donate blood.
Eligible donors can call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) to make an appointment for this drive. Take advantage of the ability to give the gift of life by volunteering an hour of your time and a pint of blood. One donation could potentially save up to three lives.