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Allsup Observes May as Arthritis Awareness Month
Date:5/16/2013

Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) May 16, 2013

Arthritis limits the activities of nearly 21 million adults in the U.S. and is the nation’s leading cause of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The condition also encompasses more than 100 rheumatic diseases that affect the joints and surrounding tissues. Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) representation, is observing May as Arthritis Awareness Month to raise awareness about the widespread disability caused by arthritis.

In addition to pain and stiffness, the CDC reported, one-third of adults with arthritis also experience depression or anxiety.

“Understanding your arthritis is important when making daily lifestyle choices that affect quality of life,” said Jan Chambers, president and founder of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association. “Tracking pain with short notes about the day helps identify triggering events that lead to flare-ups. Noticing the correlation leads to having more good days than bad days when living with a chronic-pain illness.”

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which typically begins after age 40, the CDC reported. Also known as degenerative joint disease, the condition affects nearly 14 percent of adults age 25 and older. Other common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout. Symptoms may develop slowly or suddenly, and the location and severity may vary.

“Arthritis Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness and educate people about these debilitating conditions,” said Tai Venuti, manager of Strategic Alliances for Allsup.

Some individuals with arthritis find they can no longer work due to its pervasive effects. “Filing
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