Living With Arthritis
Kids get arthritis, too! Of the 2.2 million people in the Upper Midwest Region (MN, ND, SD and WI) are affected by arthritis, and estimated 12,400 of them are children. The Arthritis Foundstion Upper Midwest Region provides programs and services to families with children who have arthritis or related diseases.
The most common form of arthritis is characterized by the breakdown of the joint's cartilage causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint.
As another common form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis confuses the immune system so that it attacks healthy joints and tissue. As a result, fluid fills the attack sights causing pain and swelling
Programs for Better Living (physical activity programs)
Take control with the Arthritis Foundation's Programs for Better Living. The Aquatic, Exercise, Tai Chi and Walk with EasePrograms are proven to reduce pain and physician visits, decrease stiffness and increase function.
Arthritis Resource Center
The Arthritis Resource Center (1-800-333-1380) is dedicated to providing immediate and compassionate customer service, educational materials, information and referrals for individuals and families living with the daily pain of arthritis.