Arthritis Awareness Month features CDC Report Detailing Higher Prevalence of “Falls” among Middle-aged and Older Adults with Arthritis than those without
Awareness of this link, plus arthritis-appropriate exercise and physical activity identified as effective strategies of reducing the risks
ATLANTA, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during Arthritis Awareness Month highlights the prevalence of falls and fall injuries among adults with and without arthritis. According to the report, the prevalence of falling two or more times and injuries due to falls are higher among middle-aged and older adults with arthritis than those without arthritis in every state and the District of Columbia.
Among adults with arthritis compared with adults without arthritis, the median age-adjusted prevalence (for all states and DC) was higher for a single fall (15.5% vs. 12.1%), for 2 or more falls (21.3% vs. 9.0%), and for fall injuries (16.2% vs. 6.5). Click here to view the study.
The reported prevalence of falls and fall injuries among those living with arthritis represents a public health issue that should be addressed. According to the CDC, “Health care providers treating chronic conditions and public health practitioners may address this public health issue by raising awareness about the link between arthritis and falls, evaluating existing evidence-based arthritis interventions for their effect on falls, implementing fall prevention programs more widely through enhancements in clinical and community practice, and making other effective community interventions widely available.”
Arthritis affects 52.5 million Americans and is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Physical activity and other arthritis-management strategies can help these men and women live a fuller life and reduce pain. May is Arthritis Awareness Month. During this month, and throughout the year, the CDC promotes five key activities to help individuals with arthritis be in control of their condition and their lives.
-- Learn Arthritis Management Strategies -- Be Active -- Watch Your Weight -- See Your Doctor -- Protect Your Joints
Additional information can be found on CDC’s website (www.cdc.gov/arthritis) which provides accurate, timely, and beneficial information to improve the lives of millions of Americans living with this chronic disease.
SOURCE Arthritis Awareness Month