Physician Focus, April 2007: Arthritis

Forty-three million Americans report that a doctor told them they have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, limiting the activities of more than 16 million adults. In Massachusetts, some 1.2 million people have the condition – nearly 26 percent of the population. And the Arthritis Foundation lists more than 100 different types of arthritis.

What, exactly, is arthritis? What causes these conditions? Are there preventive steps to take to avoid getting the condition? And what treatments are available?

Bruce Karlin, M.D., program host

Martin J. Kafina, M.D., F.A.C.R., F.A.C.P., clinical instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and specialist in the private practice of rheumatology at Emerson Hospital in Concord.

Judith Levine. senior vice president for health education, Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter

Co-produced with Hopkinton Community Access Television, HCAM-TV, Hopkinton Mass.

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