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Arthritis doesn't have to slow you down!

Managing Your Arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to slow you down. There are steps you can take to keep the disease from ruling your life.

  • See your doctor. It’s important that you begin treatment early.
  • Stay active.
  • Eat well.
  • Challenge feelings that may lead you to feeling helpless and depressed.

Making small changes can help you continue to do your favorite activities.

The Arthritis Foundation offers courses and support groups to meet the needs of [people with chronic joint pain.]

Some of the following links go to PDF files. To view PDF files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or for screen reader accessibility Adobe Acrobat Access (free downloads from Adobe Web site).

  • Find an Arthritis Foundation Program Class Near You (Attention: Non-MDH link)
  • Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program (PDF 2 Pages/ 48 KB)
    This course helps participants learn how to manage symptoms that keep them from doing daily activities and things they enjoy. People who have taken the six-week course report they have less pain and depression and are more confident in taking charge of their health.
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program (PDF 2 Pages/ 47 KB)
    The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program is a community exercise program in a warm water pool. It helps increase or maintain range of motion and strength for people with arthritis.
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (PDF 2 Pages/ 46 KB)
    PACE® is specifically for people with arthritis. It takes into consideration the pain, fatigue, and decreased strength and motion that often accompany the disease. Class participants do gentle activities that help increase joint flexibility, range of motion, and help maintain muscle strength.
  • Support and Education Groups (PDF 1 Pages/ 32 KB)
    Arthritis Foundation Support and Education Groups meet regularly in the community for informal opportunities to learn from others with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation offers training for group leaders. Over 6,000 Minnesotans have participated.
  • To find other Arthritis Foundation chapters. (Attention: Non-MDH link)