Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases. The word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation.” With arthritis, an area in or around a joint becomes inflamed, causing pain, stiffness and, sometimes, difficulty moving. Some types of arthritis also affect other parts of the body, such as the skin and internal organs.
As many as 70 million have some form of arthritis or joint inflammation. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, affects more than 20 million Americans. Arthritis affects people of all ages, but is more common in older adults.
The Arthritis/Orthopaedics CARE Fund provides local, community-based coordination that supports patients in need of orthotics or other apparatus to enhance the healing process and to support orthopaedic services throughout the FirstHealth community.
To learn more about the Foundation and its programs call (910) 695-7500.