Omnigraphics' Health Reference Series is designed for the general reader seeking guidance on how to avoid serious illness by following preventive lifestyles and recognizing early warning signs. It also supports the layperson who has received a diagnosis of a serious disease or disorder as well as the family member or nonprofessional caregiver who must learn to care and to cope with the illness. Each volume in the series deals comprehensively with a particular area of medical concern and contains material found in publications issued by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies and associations. Nowhere else can general readers find this information conveniently collected, coordinated, and indexed in book form. About 52.5 million adults in the United States experience joint pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. These physical symptoms can interfere with activities of daily life, school, and employment, whereas the fatigue and emotional consequences of the disease can negatively impact relationships and mental well-being. The good news is that medications, surgery, appropriate physical exercise, proper nutrition, and complementary and alternative therapies often offer pain and symptom relief. Although a cure remains elusive, these types of care strategies enable many people to experience significant improvements in daily functioning and overall quality of life. Arthritis Sourcebook, Fourth Edition provides updated information about diagnosing, treating, and managing degenerative, inflammatory, and other specific forms of arthritis. It also explains the symptoms and treatments of related diseases that affect the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles. Details about currently used medical, surgical, and self-care management strategies are included along with tips for reducing joint pain and inflammation and managing arthritis-related disability. The book concludes with a glossary of terms and directory of resources for additional help and information. Book jacket.
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