“Today, by working with your doctor, most of those suffering from arthritis can resume work and continue all the activities they enjoy.”

New biologics and drug therapies, clinical techniques and advanced imaging technology help clinicians and researchers evaluate and identify arthritis sooner.

This earlier intervention can help return arthritis patients to an active lifestyle faster, with better long-term outcomes.

“We anticipate that by the year 2030 roughly one out of four U.S. adults will be affected by arthritis, so it’s important for people to understand that – while research continues to make strides in identifying the underlying causes of arthritis – there are many treatments and interventions available to minimize the symptoms and control the progression of the disease,” said Steven B. Abramson, MD, professor, Departments of Medicine and Pathology, director, Division of Rheumatology and Vice Dean for Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs, NYU Langone Medical Center.

“Today, by working with your doctor, most of those suffering from arthritis can resume work and continue all the activities they enjoy.”

Tips for managing arthritis include: 

  • Stay informed. 

People diagnosed with arthritis should understand and put into place arthritis management strategies that will help them take control of their condition, reduce pain and limit the frustration and worry about their overall health.

  • Be active. 

Research shows that physical activity decreases pain, improves function and delays disability. Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week. This can be done in simple, ten-minute intervals.

  • Weight does matter. 

Studies link an increased prevalence of arthritis with increased weight. Losing even a modest amount of weight (10 lbs.) reduces the risk of getting arthritis and improve existing joint pain – and can increase function and quality of life for those already diagnosed. 

  • Be your doctor’s partner. 

Though there is currently no cure for most types of arthritis, early diagnosis and appropriate long-term management of the condition is critical to minimizing pain and staying mobile. 

  • Protect your joints. 

Research links joint injuries with the eventual development of osteoarthritis. Science is still investigating this link, but strengthening the supporting muscles and tendons by staying active and exercising correctly will decrease the potential for injuries.

NYU Langone recently ushered in the next generation of orthopaedic, rheumatologic and rehabilitative care with theopening of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care (CMC) – the first, and largest, stand-alone facility in the U.S. to incorporate state-of-the-art therapeutic and medical technology with the expertise of NYU Langone’s top-ranked doctors, wellness programs, biomedical research of bone and joint conditions – within a single point of care.

“Our clinicians and researchers are examining the basic biology of joint tissue and their functional decline with aging and the onset of osteoarthritis – with a goal to one day create therapies that promote the intrinsic and extrinsic regeneration of these tissues,” said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A. L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center.

NYU Langone is one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers and ranked among the top 10 in the country for the musculoskeletal specialties of orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” in America. For more information about the CMC go towww.nyulmc.org/cmc or call 646-501-7070.

About NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center, is one on the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, one of only five hospitals in the nation dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services; and the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine– plus NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The medical center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education and research. For more information, go to www.NYULMC.org.