A medical provider from Kittitas Valley Orthopedics, a service of KVCH, will give a short presentation on living with arthritis following the First Friday Potluck at the Adult Activity Center of Ellensburg on November 2.
Arthritis is a general word for more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint, and other connective tissue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States. About 50 million adults in the United States have arthritis, and nearly 21 million adults report that their activities are limited by their condition.
"Living with arthritis can be extremely painful," according to Dr. Gary Bos of Kittitas Valley Orthopedics. "The focus of arthritis treatment is to control pain and minimize joint damage. In some cases, joint replacement surgery can provide incredible pain relief, but it is not a decision that is ever made lightly."
Some patients have had success in managing their arthritis pain by losing weight, exercising lightly on a regular basis, taking warm baths, and taking anti-inflammatory or arthritis-specific medications.
Members of the Adult Activity Center can attend the potluck and presentation for no charge. Non-members will be charged the daily facility use fee of $5.50. The potluck begins at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation immediately following.
The Adult Activity Center of Ellensburg is located at 506 South Pine Street. For more information about the presentation, contact Kittitas Valley Orthopedics at (509) 933-8700.