Think You Might Have Arthritis? Find Out Now
More than six million Canadians have arthritis, and many may be living in unnecessary pain because they didn’t get help soon enough. Here’s what you need to know about the condition:
Arthritis is serious
Arthritis causes swelling, stiffness, and irreversible joint damage that can permanently impact your mobility. Inflammation can also affect your internal organs and eyesight, and can contribute to premature death or life-threatening diseases. Arthritis takes a toll on careers, relationships, and families — and it’s with you for life.
Arthritis can affect anyone
Arthritis can strike people of any age, from any walk of life — even infants. That means anyone you know can develop arthritis, including yourself.
Early diagnosis is important
There’s no cure for arthritis yet, but with the right treatment and lifestyle choices you can slow its progression and maintain your quality of life. Delaying its diagnosis carries the risk of permanent joint damage.
Find out if you’re affected
If you have recurring symptoms such as pain and stiffness in your joints, or fatigue, take the Arthritis Society’s Symptom Checker questionnaire online and speak to your doctor about your results.
If you already have arthritis, the Arthritis Society’s SelfAdvocacy Toolkit can help you learn to manage your disease and get the support you need. Learn more at arthritis.ca.