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.
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
Decision Aids and Toolkits