Free sem­i­nars will ed­u­cate about arthri­tis

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Suf­fer­ers of arthri­tis and their loved ones are in­vited to at­tend a se­ries of free sem­i­nars about the painful con­di­tion.

The sem­i­nars are de­signed to help peo­ple learn about the dif­fer­ent types of arthri­tis, the op­tions avail­able to help man­age symp­toms and how ex­er­cise can be ben­e­fi­cial for the con­di­tion.

Arthri­tis is a joint dis­or­der that in­volves in­flam­ma­tion of one or more joints that will af­fect about 530,000 Ki­wis dur­ing their life­time.

There are about 140 dif­fer­ent forms of arthri­tis. The most com­mon is os­teoarthri­tis, usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with old age.

But arthri­tis is not re­stricted to older peo­ple. More than 1000 young New Zealand peo­ple are af­fected by if at any one time.

The sem­i­nars are be­ing held by the Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Ex­er­cise Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Clinic in con­junc­tion with Arthri­tis New Zealand.

The next sem­i­nars, to be held on Au­gust 17, cover two top­ics.

The first ses­sion at 10am will cover ‘‘Em­ploy­ment and arthri­tis: the is­sues and the law’’ and will be pre­sented by Arthri­tis New Zealand ad­vo­cacy man­ager Francesca Hol­loway with em­ploy­ment lawyer Scott Wor­thy.

The sec­ond ses­sion at 12.30pm will dis­cuss ‘‘In­flam­ma­tory arthri­tis: the lat­est in­for­ma­tion, treat­ment and what you can do’’. The pre­sen­ters will be rheuma­tol­o­gist Michael Corkill and arthri­tis ed­u­ca­tor Ge­orgina Gre­ville.

It will be fol­lowed by a brief ses­sion on whether a lack of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can worsen the con­di­tion.

Both ses­sions will be held at the Univer­sity of Auck­land Clin­ics, Ta­maki Cam­pus.

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