Walk to Fight Arthritis

Join the walk to Fight Arthritis on Sunday, June 9th to raise funds for ground-breaking research, programs and services.

 

WHO IT AFFECTS

Over 4.6 million Canadians are living with arthritis today.  Arthritis can affect those from their youth all the way to the elderly.  It presents itself in many forms:  Juvenile arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, and many more.

 

WHAT IT BRINGS

It can affect the whole body, including the eyes.  As we know, arthritis brings a lot of inflammation to the joints.  This inflammation is actually more widespread throughtout the body.  This uncontrolled inflammation can spread to the eyes, namely the iris, which we refer to as UVEITIS.  

red eye, pink eye

UVEITIS

Uveitis is a chronic condition that eventually returns repeatedly and requires intervention.  Uveitis symptoms include:  (i) sensitivity to bright light  (ii) red eyes (iii) blurry vision (iv) eye and/or forehead pain.  Uveitis can be treated by your local optometrist with medication and frequent monitoring to reduce the inflammation and symptoms.

 

ARTHRITIS TREATMENT

Arthritis treatments focus on mobility and pain control.  They are centered to "make room in your schedule for rest and exercise.  Special strategies are designed to maximize your physical abilities, learning and practising techniques that will reduce your stress." – Arthritis Society of Canada.

HELP

Who can help?    There are several professionals at your disposal.  A long list of them.  Family physicians, Optometrist, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrist, Radiologist, and many more.

EXERCISE

They say arthritis is a perfect excuse to stay away from physical exercise as the individual is usually in pain, however, physical activity has shown to reduce pain and increase flexibility in those patients.  

 

WALK TO FIGHT ARTHRITIS

The walk to Fight Arthritis is therefore the appropriate avenue to help those with arthritis.  Get your joints moving and show your support on June 9th!  Register for the walk @:   http://www.walktofightarthritis.ca/page.aspx?pid=6547

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