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  • Understanding Arthritis - Arthritis Ireland
    know much about what arthritis is or what fibromyalgia is Arthritis affects about 915 000 people in Ireland people of all ages can get it and it accounts for one in three visits to a GP It cannot be cured but there is much you can do to help yourself and live a better quality of life Being diagnosed with arthritis can raise many concerns and questions In this booklet you will find information about arthritis itself the kinds of treatment that are available ways of coping how to get help and how to develop your own skills to manage the condition In this booklet you will find Introducing arthritis About the condition How arthritis will affect you Explaining pain immobility and how joints work The different kinds of arthritis Details about some types of arthritis Treatment Treatment options that might be appropriate for you Making a difference yourself The steps you can take to make life easier Getting out and about Information on transport work and support Feelings about arthritis The emotions you may experience and what can help Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/understanding_arthritis (2016-02-07)
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  • When a Child Has Arthritis - Arthritis Ireland
    told that your child has arthritis you will probably have mixed feelings You may feel relieved At last somebody has put a name to the illness your child has been suffering from for weeks or months and finally treatment can begin You may also feel worried about the future not knowing how arthritis will affect your daughter or son as s he grows up You may feel angry or confused wanting to know why your child should have an illness which most people think only happens to adults Whatever you feel you will probably have lots of questions This booklet aims to provide some answers about arthritis in children It describes the different types of arthritis like juvenile rheumatoid arthritis outlines the best treatment and offers practical advice on living with the condition The booklet concentrates mainly on children up to about 13 years In this booklet you will find The basics What are the different types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis How is juvenile idiopathic arthritis diagnosed How is juvenile idiopathic arthritis treated Living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis Looking ahead Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/when_a_child_has_arthritis (2016-02-07)
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  • When a Teenager Has Arthritis - Arthritis Ireland
    send to a friend share on facebook If you are a young person with arthritis aged 13 20 then this booklet is for you It is based on discussions with young people about their specific needs and the questions they would like answers to It was written by a group of people including doctors physiotherapists occupational therapists and nurses who regularly look after young people with arthritis Arthritis in young people is known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis JIA the most common of which is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis We have tried to answer the main questions which young people ask if they develop arthritis Of course a small booklet like this cannot cover everything It will give you basic advice and as mentioned above direct you to other sources of help including other organisations and other useful Arthritis Ireland booklets A glossary at the back of the booklet explains technical and medical terms In this booklet you will find Part 1 About JIA What is juvenile idiopathic arthritis JIA What causes JIA 4Are all joint pains due to JIA How is JIA diagnosed What are the different types of JIA What effects can JIA have on your body How is JIA treated Why do I need to be seen regularly in clinic What happens to JIA in the long term Part 2 About transition About your general health How can I get help How does having arthritis affect transition The changing relationship with your doctor When should planning for transition start Part 3 How to find out more Benefits Education and work Driving and getting about Some real life stories Glossary Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/when_a_teenager_has_arthritis (2016-02-07)
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  • 10 Steps to Easier Living with Arthritis - Arthritis Ireland - Arthritis Ireland
    to Easier Living with Arthritis print version send to a friend share on facebook Arthritis is a very common condition in Ireland affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life Its symptoms often have a big impact on the daily lives of people Although arthritis can be difficult to live with there are many simple measures that can help anyone with arthritis manage their symptoms and cope with daily life They rely on input from a number of people but the most important person is you the person with arthritis This booklet will put you on the path to managing your arthritis by taking an active role in understanding and treating your condition By doing this you will experience less pain and stay more active than those who feel there is nothing they can do The 10 key steps listed on the next page form a simple to follow check list for living well with arthritis Read the rest of the information in this booklet to find out more about each of the steps and good luck on your journey to better living Step 1 Take control by knowing your disease Step 2 Don t delay see your doctor Step 3 Work with your healthcare team and be an important part of it Step 4 Know about your treatment options Step 5 Find new ways to stay active Step 6 Learn techniques to help manage your pain Step 7 Acknowledge your feelings and seek support Step 8 Make food choices that count Step 9 Balance your life Step 10 Make contact with Arthritis Ireland Download full booklet here Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/booklets/10_steps_to_easier_living_with_arthritis (2016-02-07)
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  • Big News Magazine - Arthritis Ireland
    Information Other Resources Big News Magazine Big News Magazine print version send to a friend share on facebook Do you want to stay up to date on the latest arthritis information and find out what people with arthritis are doing to support each other By signing up to receive Arthritis Ireland s Big News Magazine you are doing such a great thing Not only can you improve how you live with arthritis with the most trustworthy information managing your disease from experts in arthritis but your support will h elp thousands more people to manage the pain of their arthritis From walking groups and support meetings to cake sales and skydives Big News is packed full of pictures and the latest goings on from our volunteer community You can sign up to receive five issues annually by becoming a friend of Arthritis Ireland for just 36 per year For more information contact Arthritis Ireland on 01 661 8188 or email Arthritis Ireland on Facebook Arthritis Ireland on Twitter Arthritis Ireland on YouTube Arthritis Ireland on Google Plus Arthritis Ireland on LinkedIn Quicklinks Information About Arthritis Treatments Care Self Management Arthritis Your Life Booklets Exercise Medical Cards Other Resources Helpline Let

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/publications_resources/big_news_magazine (2016-02-07)
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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Arthritis Ireland
    condition in our Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis information booklet What is ankylosing spondylitis and who does it affect More than 44 000 people in Ireland have ankylosing spondylitis a progressive and chronic rheumatic disorder that mainly affects the spine Unemployment rates in workers with AS are three times higher than in the general population You can find out more about the condition in our Understanding Arthritis information booklet What is fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a common disorder causing widespread pain aching and stiffness that affects the muscles ligaments and tendons but not the joints It may affect one part of the body or several different areas such as the limbs neck and back You can find out more about the condition in our Living with Fibromyalgia information booklet What is gout Gout is a condition where crystals build up in the body and cause joints to become very painful Around 24 000 Irish adults consult their GP with gout every year You can find out more about the condition in our Gout information booklet What is psoriatic arthritis Some people who live with the skin condition psoriasis also develop a form of arthritis known as psoriatic arthritis It causes inflammation in and around the joints Psoriatic arthritis can affect most joints but typically causes problems in fingers and toes with pitting and discoloration of nails You can find out more about the condition in our Understanding Arthritis information booklet What is polymyalgia rheumatica Polymyalgia rheumatica PMR is an inflammatory condition affecting the muscles in and around the shoulder and upper arm areas buttocks and thighs The cause is unknown You can find out more about the condition in our Understanding Arthritis information booklet What is lupus Systemic lupus erythematosus SLE or lupus is a disease in which the body s natural defences the immune system are upset Cells and antibodies which are in the blood to defend the body against infection begin to attack it instead and cause inflammation You can find out more about the condition in our Understanding Arthritis information booklet What is juvenile arthritis Approximately 1 000 children in Ireland have juvenile arthritis It involves inflammation pain and swelling in one or more joints for at least six weeks You can find out more about the condition in our When a Child Has Arthritis or When a Teenager Has Arthritis information booklets How does arthritis affect Irish workers It is estimated that the costs of arthritis to the state in terms of lost working hours per annum is 1 6 billion Arthritis sufferers make up a large proportion of people living with musculoskeletal disorders MSDs which are the most commonly reported cause of work related ill health in Ireland The direct cost of MSDs in the workplace in Ireland is estimated to be at least 750m Ireland spends more per capita 40 9 on sickness and healthcare benefits than 24 other countries featured in a Europe wide study Do people with arthritis make use of the healthcare system

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/information/publications_resources/frequently_asked_questions (2016-02-07)
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  • Chartered Physiotherapist Exercise Programme - Arthritis Ireland
    be difficult Helps halt the progression of arthritis Social contact at classes allows people to meet others with similar problems reducing depression and social isolation Indoor Exercise Programme This programme will help to reduce pain and stiffness and maintain or improve mobility muscle strength and functional ability Two essential components to the programme will be included in every session Exercise including range of motion and stretching exercises strengthening exercises balance and coordination activities and endurance routines Relaxation Activities introducing and practicing various stress management techniques which are helpful for stress and pain reduction Programme Information Regular exercise is proven to be one of the most effective treatments for arthritis It reduces pain keeps joints moving restores flexibility and strength and protects joints against further damage However only 30 of the 915 000 people in Ireland with arthritis get enough exercise as overcoming fears about exercise can be very difficult especially when in pain To attend these classes participants will have to be independently mobile and a basic general health screening will be performed in advance of the class Participants are not advised to attend these classes if they have the following Poor balance Unable to follow commends clearly Poor water confidence People with active inflammation Fee 60 for 6 classes Payments to made in advance of the class In 2016 we plan to deliver the course in 20 different locations The full schedule will be published shortly At the moment we are recruiting for the following courses Location Venue Type of Programme Start day time Booking Cashel Co Tipperary Dundrum House Hotel Water Exercise Thu 21st Jan 11am 12pm Book Harolds Cross Dublin 6W Our Lady s Hospice Hydrotherapy Pool Water Exercise Mon 18th Jan 4 30pm 6pm Book Tallaght Dublin 24 Kiltipper Woods Water Exercise TBC To express your

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/programmes_events/chartered_physiotherapist_pool_exercise_programme (2016-02-07)
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  • The Case for Self-Management - Arthritis Ireland
    rising tide of chronic conditions such as arthritis diabetes and heart disease The consequence of a number of factors including an ageing population and increasing obesity levels already 1 in 3 people are living with a chronic illness in Ireland and this proportion will continue to grow in the years ahead Despite great advancements in medications in recent decades the healthcare system has come under unprecedented strain as it saddles the burden of major budgetary cutbacks coupled with this growing pandemic Taking arthritis as an example high tech biologic treatments have been extremely effective in stopping joint damage in its tracks but as no cure exists patients still need to manage their own condition outside of the clinical setting and the impact it has on their lives such as pain fatigue social isolation and loss of employment This is where the Arthritis Self Management Programme delivered nationwide by Arthritis Ireland over the last 7 years makes a big difference By complementing clinical treatment with education and training in problem solving and action planning it enables and empowers patients to live happier healthier lives The evidence demonstrating the efficacy of this initiative is resounding both nationally and internationally In a 3 year evaluation of the Arthritis Ireland course Living Well with Arthritis comprising 3 500 participants put through 200 courses the results show a significant improvement in ability to cope with pain fatigue and general ability to live with the condition Furthermore there is conclusive evidence to demonstrate that this programme reduces healthcare utilisation including visits to GPs and hospitals According to one study conducted in the USA taking 1 000 as an average cost per hospital day and 100 for an average cost of ED visit the expected savings would be 990 per course participant in the first year Arthritis

    Original URL path: http://www.arthritisireland.ie/go/programmes_events/the_case_for_self_management (2016-02-07)
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