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Arthritis

Evidence-based Overviews    |    Prevention or Disease Remission    |    Treatments & Self-Management  

Associated Conditions    |    Decision Aids and Toolkits    |    WWDPI Webinars    |    Work Accommodation 

Arthritis Organizations

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The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation, but it is often used to refer to a group of more than 100 diseases that can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and deformation in the joints. Some of these diseases may affect not only the joints but also supporting structures such as muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments as well as increase the risk for other health conditions. 

Evidence-based Arthritis Overviews  

  
  
Arthritis InformationArthritis Research UK
JointHealthArthritis Consumer Experts
Living with ArthritisNational Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders
Modifiable worker risk factors contributing to workplace absence: a stakeholder-centred best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviews Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
Modifiable workplace risk factors contributing to workplace absence across health conditions: A stakeholder-centered best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviewsWork Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions in the Workplace Impacting Work Outcomes: A Stakeholder-Centered Best Evidence Synthesis of Systematic ReviewsWork Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
Types of ArthritisThe Arthritis Society

Prevention or Disease Remission 

Some types of arthritis can be prevented while others can be dramatically stopped or slowed down if treated aggressively. 

Rheumatoid Arthritis, an inflammatory disease, is one of the types of arthritis that is best treated early and aggressively with “disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs” (DMARDs) that can prevent joint damage, reduce pain and reduce the risk of premature death. The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada has a great video with Dr. Diane Lacaille on Rheumatoid Arthritis and DMARDs.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a slow progressive disease that leads to pain, swelling, stiffness and decreased mobility. New research has found biomarkers in the blood and urine that can help detect early stages of osteoarthritis which can lead to early management of the disease. Early management includes weight loss, physical activity and muscle strengthening. Watch Dr. Joland Cibere discuss early detection and management, in Osteoarthritis is a Treatable Disease.  Some types of osteoarthritis can be dramatically reduced by avoiding or reducing injuries from contact sports.

Associated Conditions 

Cardiovascular Disease & Strokes – Some types of arthritis increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. Therefore it is important for people at greater risk of cardiovascular disease to take preventive action to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke and to have their health provider regularly monitor signs and symptoms for disease.  

Resources

Decision Aids and Toolkits  

  
  
Arthritis Lifestyle Management GuideArthritis Research Centre of Canada
Canadian Pain Toolkit - People in Pain NetworkPeople in Pain Network
Check Up on Your BonesNational Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders
Managing Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach WorkbookJohn D. Otis
Online Pain Toolkit
Patient Decision AidsOttawa Hospital Research Institute
The Mindfulness Solution to Pain: Step-by-Step Techniques for Chronic Pain Management
Youth Pain ToolkitPeople in Pain Network

​Related WWDPI Webinars   

​Work Accommodation Information  

  
  
Arthritis and the workplaceThe Arthritis Foundation
Balancing Arthritis, Work, and LifeArthritis Research Centre of Canada
Employers AdviceSheffield Aches and Pains
Employment and Arthritis in Working Populations [in Canada]Arthritis Community Research & Evaluation Uni
Employment and Arthritis: Making it WorkArthritis Research Centre of Canada
Job Accommodation for People with ArthritisDepartment of Labor
Joint Health / Arthritis Consumer Experts – Arthritis in the workplace - Are employers and employees speaking the same language?JointHealth.org
Joint Health / Arthritis Consumer Experts– What You Need to Know About Arthritis in the WorkplaceJointHealth.org
Joint health at workThe Arthritis Society
Modifiable worker risk factors contributing to workplace absence: a stakeholder-centred best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviews Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
Modifiable workplace risk factors contributing to workplace absence across health conditions: A stakeholder-centered best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviewsWork Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions in the Workplace Impacting Work Outcomes: A Stakeholder-Centered Best Evidence Synthesis of Systematic ReviewsWork Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
The quest for greater flexibility: Creative innovations for workers with arthritisInstitute for Work & Health
Tips for HR Professionals – Workplace accommodations for people with ArthritisMissouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Work with UsMood Disorders Society of Canada and The Arthritis Society
Working with arthritis and joint painArthritis Research UK
Workplace Accommodations for People with ArthritisArthritis Research Centre of Canada

​Boo​ks

  
A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook – By Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein

​Arthritis Organizations  

  
Active Aging Canada
Age-Well Canada
Alberta Caregivers Research
American Chronic Pain Association
American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada
Arthritis Society of Canada
Bone & Joint Decade
Canadian Association on Gerontology
Canadian Pain Society
Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group
Dieticians of Canada
Families and Work Institute
Joint Health
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Fibromyalgia Society of BC
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Neil Squire Society
Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia
The Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis National Research Foundation
​Reviewed by Marc White PhD, Scientific & Executive Director, WWDPI (See Review Criteria)

Last Modified: 5/10/2018 4:40 PM

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