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Jobs that put your joints at risk

A construction workerLabour Day celebrates the achievements of workers. It originated with the labour union movement which called for eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. It is important that we acknowledge workplace safety, especially for your joints, in order to foster workplace achievements, retain qualified workers, and optimize work productivity.

Certain jobs put your joints at higher risk of getting arthritis, such as those that require you to make the same repetitive motions daily. In an interview with Everyday Health, Erik Gail, MD, professor of clinical medicine in the rheumatology section and interim director of the Arizona Arthritis Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, said: “Anything that puts unhealthy strains or stresses on the joints can cause arthritis.” Below is a list of jobs that may increase your risk for arthritis if you don’t take the necessary arthritis prevention strategies. Continue reading

FIFA 11+ : Preventing osteoarthritis by preventing injuries in youth

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FIFA 11+ : Preventing osteoarthritis by preventing injuries in youth

The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is here in Canada and causing excitement across the country. Our youth will see the best female soccer players in the world take their places on the field to play the “beautiful” game. Soccer in Canada has one of the largest participation rates in youth. However, there is a downside – injury – especially of the knee and ankle. Knee and ankle injury rate in soccer are significant for both boys and girls, with girls up to 8 times more likely to have an injury. Injuries cause pain and disability and can lead to long-term consequences – osteoarthritis (OA). Sports injuries are one of the leading causes of developing osteoarthritis later in life which results in daily pain and suffering for millions of people across Canada. Many people with OA can remember the injury that started their knee or ankle problems. Continue reading

Arthritis in Alberta – Surveying Alberta electoral candidates

Alberta Elections Slide ImageACE asks Alberta’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

According to the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 500,000 Albertans. It is also the leading cause of work disability in Alberta, with nearly three out of every five people with arthritis of working age, costing Alberta’s economy $3.3 billion in direct and indirect costs.

Arthritis Consumer Experts sent an open letter and survey to all candidates in the upcoming May 5th Alberta provincial election, asking them how their Party plans to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.

Candidate responses can be viewed on our website. Click on Alberta Election 2015 where you will find responses categorized by party and arranged according to the date we receive them.
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A letter to the editor on arthritis prevention

Arthritis Consumer Experts wrote a letter to the editor to The Province on arthritis prevention in response to Paul Luke’s “Over 65 and going strong: Baby Boomers are reinventing old age.” The letter was published in the newspaper on September 30. Please share the letter with your friends and network to promote awareness for arthritis.

ACE's letter on Arthritis PreventionTake proper precautions now for arthritis prevention later

Paul Luke’s article, Baby Boomers are reinventing old age, neatly coincides with national arthritis awareness month in September, which is a reminder that possibly the biggest challenge facing British Columbians as the senior populations soars over the next 20 years will be the growing rate of arthritis.

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September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day BannerSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Statistics Canada reports that in 2009 alone, there were about 100,000 years of potential life lost to Canadians under the age of 75 as a result of suicides. Suicide is a major cause of premature and preventable death.

The Statistics Canada website states:

Research shows that mental illness is the most important risk factor for suicide; and that more than 90% of people who commit suicide have a mental or addictive disorder. Depression is the most common illness among those who die from suicide, with approximately 60% suffering from this condition. No single determinant, including mental illness, is enough on its own to cause a suicide. Rather, suicide typically results from the interaction of many factors, for example: mental illness, marital breakdown, financial hardship, deteriorating physical health, a major loss, or a lack of social support.

People living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are twice as likely as the rest of the population to experience depression. The following are possible reasons depression occurs in people with RA:

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Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis

According to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, smoking can double the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). World Health Organization has declared May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, known commonly as World Smokefree Day.

Cigarette on an ash trayOther alarming facts listed on the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society website include:

  • Smoking can increase the risk of developing RA by 50%
  • Heavy smoking (more than 20 pack-years) can double the risk of developing RA
  • Smoking can lessen the effect of your treatment
  • RA is more severe in smokers than non-smoker

One of the reasons why smoking may increase the risk of RA is because it affects the bones. Nicotine in cigarettes constricts blood vessels by at least 25% of their normal diameter. As a result, the amount of nutrients, minerals, and water passing through the blood stream to the bones decreases.

A study conducted by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that even after 15 years of quitting, the risk for developing RA remains twice as high.  The study also showed the correlation of the duration of smoking and RA. Researchers said, “Women who smoked for more than 25 years had twice the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than women who have never smoked”.

Further research is required to see if smoking affects other types of arthritis. JointHealth™ will continue to monitor research in this area.

Can Lyme disease cause arthritis?

Can Lyme disease cause arthritis? The answer is yes.

Caution: Lyme disease risk area

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According to WebMD, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a tick. The disease can enter the bloodstream if the tick bite is not treated within six months. It then becomes a chronic condition that causes fatigue, arthritis and cognitive difficulties.

Below are some symptoms of Lyme disease which may or may not develop in each case: Continue reading

Poor balance is leading cause of falls

A Canadian study, published in the The Lancet last month, showed a surprising result: that poor balance is the leading cause of falls amongst the elderly.

Previous research had suggested that the main causes of falls in older adults are slips and trips while walking. Slips, in fact, are quite rare, and incorrect weight shifting is most often to blame.

These findings may be helpful for some people who live with arthritis. Those with an abnormal gait due to arthritis of the lower extremities, or taking certain opioid pain relievers, are more likely to be thrown off balance and therefore more likely to fall. Knowing why falls occur is helpful in finding ways to prevent them.

Read more: Jennifer Davis, Arthritis Today, November 2012

Osteoarthritis: Resources and Tips – A new JointHealth™ workshop

Arthritis Consumer Experts’ newest JointHealth™ workshop is an interview with internationally respected rheumatologist and Scientific Director of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), Dr. John Esdaile, about osteoarthritis.

In this web workshop, Dr. Esdaile:

  • Provides tips for day-to-day living with osteoarthritis
  • Talks about the reasons some people get osteoarthritis when they are younger
  • Suggests resources and gives tips for preparing for joint replacement surgery
  • Discusses osteoarthritis research and possible new treatments

This web workshop will be of interest to those living with osteoarthritis, of any age, including those who are considering or about to undergo total joint replacement surgery.

Please let us know what you think about this web workshop by emailing Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) at