Helping Arthritis Sufferers Rebuild

1 decade 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, September 26 2007 Sep 26, 2007 Wednesday, September 26, 2007 10:14:23 PM CDT September 26, 2007 in News

For arthritis sufferers, a fitness class called "rebuild" is meant to do just that.

It helps them to rebuild the strength they've lost from years of having the debilitating disease.

Margaret Niemeyer has attended classes at the MU Health Connection for about 15 years and the rehab exercises keep her going.

"I have had both knees replaced and a program such as this is ideal because I can work at my level and continue to be active," Niemeyer said.

But physical activity isn't the only option she has. There are several viable prescription drug options, especially for those with rheumatoid arthritis, including non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and biologics. 

Everyone older than 40 suffers from some form of osteoarthritis and though they may not feel the symptoms of it they should be aware of the treatment options, be it perscription medication or rehabilitation classes.

With so many possible choices for treatment, one local rheumatologist has one definite solution.

"The results are so outstanding if proper diagnosis and medical treatment goes hand and hand with rehabilitation and rehabilitation services," said rheumatologist Sara Walker. "The two together are really necessary."

Researchers said when it comes to controlling your arthritis, first make a treatment plan with your doctor and then you can start to "rebuild" your body.

Walker said knee injuries and obesity issues are serious causes of arthritis.

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