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Arthritis Foundation Supports Research for a Cure

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 05, 2019 10:35 PM

One in five adults deals with arthritis. But even though it's so common, St. Luke's Orthopedic Surgeon David Fogarty said there are misconceptions.

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"Arthritis refers to inflammation of a joint," Dr. Fogarty said. "I think people have this idea that it's a problem just for older people.” 

He says there are many forms of arthritis that affect people at all ages. Rheumatoid arthritis, for example, can affect someone at any point in their life. For women, it's most common between ages 30-60. For men, it tends to be a little later. 

Degenerative arthritis tends to develop as people get older. One in two people will experience it in the knees. 

“Just about everyone develops some type of arthritis in their lifetime," Fogarty said. 

He says people tend to take their health for granted. 

“If you get the flu and you feel terrible for a few days and then you start feeling better, you just appreciate that idea of your health," he said. "And arthritis is much the same. You start to notice such simple things like getting up to answer the door, going down a flight of stairs, becomes painful.” 

There is no cure for arthritis, but surgical treatments like hip, knee and even finger joint replacements are common. 

The Arthritis Foundation supports research that seeks to improve those treatments and people's lives. You can donate to the Arthritis Foundation through WDIO and Hom Furniture's Trees of Hope campaign here

The Jingle Bell Run is coming up Saturday, Dec. 7. The 5k run or 1-mile walk takes people through Bentleyville. 

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