Local Center Helps Patients Manage Arthritis

7 years 10 months 6 days ago Wednesday, August 18 2010 Aug 18, 2010 Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:14:10 AM CDT August 18, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - People suffering from arthritis are now able to get more help in more places.  The Missouri Medical Institution is reaching out to get more people to step up and excersise.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday the Health Connection holds exercise classes to help participants deal with their arthritis. 

Cora Breedlove started taking part in this program 15 years ago. As soon as she did, she saw a difference.  "It gave me more energy and I moved more," Breedlove said.

Organizers designed the research based program mainly to help manage pain.  Suzanne Pfeffer has been going for ten years and she says the program helps her to get through her day.  "I'm usually kind of stiff when I get up in the morning kind of overall.  But then I come here and it works itself out."

1.4 million people suffer with an arthritis related illness in Missouri.  That's nearly one in five.  In fact arthritis is the most common cause of disability in Americans.  The Central Missouri Regional Arthritis Center, or CMRAC, helps work with about 5,400 of those in the central Missouri Region.

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