43 Forum: Arthritis - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH


There are over 100 different types of arthritis causing pain to one in five people in Northeast Ohio. The Arthritis Foundation shares ways to manage and treat arthritis, including breaking the pain classes being held throughout greater Cleveland. The Arthritis Foundation's main objective of sharing information is to help those with arthritis gain control over the chronic debilitating disease.

Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 different diseases that are part of the arthritis family.

50 million people of all ages in the United States of America have been diagnosed with it. It's common to think of arthritis as a disease only of growing older, but arthritis affects children and people through the whole span of life. So no age is exempt from the risk of developing arthritis in those age groups. Right here in Northeastern Ohio about 1.5 million people have been diagnosed. That number is probably significantly higher because so many people have arthritis but are never formally diagnosed.  

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in our country today, meaning that more people leave the work force before they're ready to do so because of this disease, according to The Arthritis Foundation.

In terms of pain treatment for those that have arthritis, there are over the counter treatment. Sometimes those work and sometimes it doesn't.

Specific health centers are set up to help arthritis sufferers. One of those centers is run by Dr. Lisa Brown in conjunction with The Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Brown's center offers outpatient and in patient services.  Offered there is everything from exercise and treatment within the outpatient setting to joint replacements in the hospital and pretty much the whole spectrum in between for inpatients.

Dr. Lisa Brown's comprehensive pain clinic offers innovations that accomplish results in how they are able to treat and manage pain. One of the principles behind the treatment offered is working with people who have limited movement to get them to broaden their range of movement. It's hard to do, painful to do, but if it's not done, the body becomes set.

The point of Dr. Lisa Brown's clinic in conjunction with The Arthritis foundation is to give people control back. According to Dr. Brown, when pain is managed it can become something that helps to protect.
The Arthritis Foundation and Dr. Lisa Brown frequently act as coaches in giving the patient permission to have appropriate pain but yet protecting them from the extremes of pain that might cause more damage.

The Arthritis Foundation and Dr. Brown do this through offering information, education and exercise classes.

The education classes are about doing reasonable exercise and following whatever the body can bear. Swimming is a great example of this type of exercise, and these centers for arthritis even offer under water treadmills for exercise. The instructors are taught by The Arthritis Foundation to do specific exercises and the atmosphere of the center is temperature controlled specifically for levels that will not aggravate the arthritis.

A key message from the Arthritis Foundation is that when the pain feels out of control, something can and needs to be done to regain control of the pain to enable an individual to regain control of their lives.

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