eBook Arthritis Sourcebook, 3rd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0780811100
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811102
  • DDC: 616.7
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 628 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released April 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009
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Arthritis, or joint inflammation, is a general term that refers to the more than 100 rheumatic diseases that may affect the joints but can also cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in other parts of the body such as the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and internal organs. Arthritis--a chronic, lifelong disease that has no cure--is the number one cause of disability among Americans and affects one in three U.S. adults.

Arthritis Sourcebook provides general information about degenerative, inflammatory, and infectious forms of arthritis and the effect of arthritis on specific joints. Metabolic and connective tissue disorders that cause arthritis and disorders with symptoms that can mimic arthritis are also explained, along with comprehensive information about the process of diagnosing and treating arthritis.

The book describes traditional pain management techniques, such as medicines and physical therapy, and explains alternative and complementary methods for managing the pain and disability associated with arthritis. Also included are tips for exercising, eating right, and coping with daily challenges. A glossary of arthritis-related health terms and directories of informational and support organizations guide readers seeking additional help and information.