You may have heard the term disease management used a bit more in healthcare over the past few years. Essentially, disease management programs teach patients how to deal with a chronic disease. They focus upon getting patients to understand how to take care of themselves. As a result, patients learn how to avoid problems and how to keep their existing health problems from getting worse.
Many comedians have made many jokes about arthritis over the years. One of the most quoted of these is from a speech by famed comedian Jack Benny, when he said, “I don’t deserve this award… but then again, I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.” Mr. Benny may have been kidding, but undoubtedly there were many days he didn’t see his arthritis as a joke. And if you’re someone who suffers from it, you likely don’t either. But arthritis is a natural part of aging, right? Surely, we’ve all known older folks who suffered from arthritis, and we just figured it was something we had to deal with as we aged. Thankfully, this is a myth. Arthritis is not, repeat, not a normal part of aging. Although millions of folks in the U.S. have developed arthritis as they got older, the fact about this condition is that, in many cases, it is preventable. Here’s more information from joint specialists in South Orange about arthritis and its relationship to the aging process.