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JointHealth™ mensuel – Profiter des joies de l’été, même avec l’arthrite

Jointhealth monthly title pageJointHealth™ mensuel  - Profiter des joies de l’été, même avec l’arthrite 

Les ingrédients essentiels pour une dose santé de plaisir estival : prendre soin de vous en mangeant bien, maintenir un poids santé, respecter fidèlement votre traitement et effectuer les types d’exercices physiques appropriés.

Dans ce numéro du Mensuel JointHealth™, découvrez les avantages de l’exercice à l’extérieur pour les personnes atteintes d’arthrite. Apprenez comment apprécier l’été, même en souffrant d’arthrite. Vous en apprendrez plus sur :

  • Comment jouer au tennis et au golf lorsqu’on souffre d’arthrite.
  • Comment maximiser votre expérience à vélo.
  • Quoi faire pour réduire la douleur arthritique lorsqu’on planifie un voyage, une activité de camping ou une randonnée pédestre.
  • Quels films ou livres, offrant une perspective unique sur l’arthrite, devraient vous accompagner à la plage ou à la piscine.
  • Comment profiter du mois de septembre consacré à l’arthrite au Canada pour participer aux efforts de sensibilisation en téléchargeant les applications ArthritisID et ArthritisID PRO.

JointHealth™ monthly: Having summer fun with arthritis

JointHealth monthly Title PageJointHealth™ monthly: Having summer fun with arthritis

The key ingredients to a healthy dose of summer fun include taking care of your body by eating well, maintaining a healthy body weight, adhering to your treatment therapy, and doing the right kinds of exercise properly.

In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, you will find out the benefits of outdoor summer exercise for people living with arthritis and learn ways in which people living with arthritis can enjoy summer. As well, you will learn:

  • How to play tennis or golf safely with arthritis.
  • How you can optimize your biking experience.
  • What you can do to minimize pain when travelling, camping, or hiking with arthritis.
  • Which beach and poolside books or films offer insights into living with arthritis.
  • How you can help raise awareness for arthritis during Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada in September by downloading the ArthritisID and ArthritisID PRO apps.

L’ergothérapie et l’arthrite

L’ergothérapie et l’arthrite - The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Qu’est-ce que l’ergothérapie?

La vie est composée d’activités ou d’occupations quotidiennes significatives, comme faire une promenade avec son chien, faire du jardinage, préparer un repas, peindre, faire la lessive et s’adonner à des jeux. Les occupations font partie de la vie; elles nous définissent et elles sont le reflet de notre façon de nous percevoir. Les occupations donnent un sens à la vie.

Businessman with a laptopLorsque nous ne pouvons pas participer à des occupations quotidiennes en raison d’une blessure, d’une maladie, d’un handicap ou de circonstances sociales ou environnementales, les ergothérapeutes peuvent nous aider à trouver les solutions qui nous permettront de participer à des activités quotidiennes porteuses de sens. L’ergothérapie peut aussi contribuer à la prévention des handicaps et des maladies, tout en favorisant notre participation dans notre vie personnelle et dans nos communautés. L’ergothérapie nous aide à participer à l’occupation qu’est la vie.

En quoi consiste l’arthrite et quel est son impact? 

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Occupational Therapy and Arthritis

Occupational Therapy and Arthritis – from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

What is Occupational Therapy?

Life is made up of meaningful everyday activities or occupations, such as walking the dog, gardening, preparing a meal, painting, doing the laundry and playing games. Occupations are part of life; they describe who we are and how we feel about ourselves. Occupations help bring meaning to life.

Businessman with a laptopWhen we cannot participate in daily occupations, due to injury, illness, disability or social and environmental circumstances, occupational therapists help find solutions to address the meaningful everyday activities of life. Occupational therapy also helps prevent disability or illness and enhances the way we participate in our communities and lives. Occupational therapy helps us engage in the occupation of living.

What is arthritis and what is the impact? 

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Prevent slips, trips and falls

In a previous post titled “Falls” more prominent in middle-aged to older adults with arthritis, we learned that the chances of falling are two or three times more likely in middle-aged and older adults living with arthritis in comparison to those without arthritis. The chances of getting injuries due to falls are also higher in this group. 

Man climbing up ladderFalls can cause a type of arthritis known as post-traumatic arthritis. Post-traumatic arthritis is caused by the wearing out of a joint that has had any kind of physical injury. Injuries include, but are not limited to, those from playing sports, a motor vehicle accident, and a fall. Poor treatment and rehabilitation of these injuries can cause damage to the cartilage and/or the bone, affecting the natural mechanics of the joint, making it wear out more easily and quickly. Continued injury to the same ligament or joint and excess body weight can exacerbate the wearing-out process.

Slips, trips and falls can occur anywhere – whether you are at work, playing sports, or taking a leisure walk around your neighbourhood. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety defines slips, trips and falls as follow:

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Fracture risk increases for women with osteoarthritis

Slip and fall signageA 20-year Australian study reports that women with osteoarthritis (OA) have an increased risk of fragility fracture, even if their bone mineral density (BMD) is normal and their body mass index (BMI) is high.

The study looked at data from 2,412 women and 1,452 men aged older than 45 (average 69). Researchers discovered that 29% of women and 26% of men had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. According to lead researcher Professor Tuan Nguyen of the Genetic Epidemiology of Osteoporosis Lab at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, the risk is fairly substantial and women with OA have a 50% increase in the risk of fracture.

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