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Living with a chronic condition can be a challenge. Just ask Barb Welch. She lives with two of them. “I have diabetes and arthritis,” Welch says. “I have a lot of aches and pains.”
There is a wide variety of nonsurgical treatment options for mild and moderate arthritis, but once the damage is severe enough, it may be time to consider total joint replacement.
Under normal conditions, the immune system recognizes foreign invaders, like bacteria and viruses, and sweeps them away. However, when the immune system gets confused, it can attack normal body tissues, producing pain and swelling known as inflammation. Often, these inflammatory effects are first felt in the joints and are referred to as arthritis.
Darlene Evenson of Holmen sounds a bit like Goldilocks when she talks about the process of finding a medication to treat her rheumatoid arthritis. “The first one hurt my liver, the second hurt my eyes,” she says. And the third one? Just right.
Pain from an irreparable rotator cuff tear kept Fern Rediger from many of her favorite activities. But a reverse shoulder replacement procedure has her back gardening, quilting and playing with her great-grandchildren.
Arthritis is one of the most common health problems in the U.S. Millions of Americans have some form of arthritis that leads to pain, stiffness and loss of motion. Many of them are over the age of 65, but people of all ages, including children, can be affected.