10/08/2010

Work a Pain for Arthritis Sufferers

Millions of workers suffer the joint pain, stiffness and fatigue of arthritis.
And The Canadian Arthritis Society expects this number to double by 2030 with
the aging baby boomer population.

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, some caused by joint inflammation
and others caused by degeneration. These diseases can affect not only the
joints but also muscles, tendons, and ligaments as well as the skin and certain
internal organs.

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in Canada. Approximately
60 per cent of those afflicted are of working age, which means that they must
balance the challenges of living with a chronic disease with the demands of the
workplace.

Although there is no cure for arthritis, when you are diagnosed early and start
the right treatment, you can take control of the disease and help reduce damage
to your joints. Most people with arthritis can lead active and productive lives
with the help of the right medication, exercise, rest and joint-protection
techniques.

The pain of arthritis can make it difficult for many workers to perform routine
tasks, however it's possible to make adjustments in your routine and workplace,
and develop strategies that allow for a more comfortable and productive
workday. There are a number of steps that you and your employer can take to
help manage the symptoms of your arthritis at work. The Arthritis Society has
just published a new booklet, Arthritis in the Workplace, that offers tips,
exercises and solutions to assist you in the workplace. It is available online
in both English and French.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety