Did you know that arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability? One in every five adults has arthritis; that’s 50 million people in the US and 27 million of them have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.

While there is no cure, the Arthritis Foundation wants to encourage all Americans to take simple steps that will help to reduce pain, increase mobility and slow osteoarthritis progression.


In partnership with the Ad Council, the Arthritis Foundation is continuing their Fight Arthritis Pain campaign and encouraging all Americans to Move to Improve on and around World Arthritis Day on October 12, 2012.

For more information go to Fight Arthritis Pain

The Arthritis Foundation asks that you do the following:

1. Speak Out If You Have Been Touched by Arthritis: If you or your parent(s) have been affected by arthritis, they’d love to hear your story. Whether you are fighting arthritis pain or simply want to take preventative steps to reduce the impact on your joints, we ask you to share your weapon against arthritis. You can do so by visiting Weapons or on Twitter/#WorldArthritisDay or on Facebook.

I will share mine that day. I have had arthritis in my hands since I was about 30. I have taken MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) daily since then and remain pain-free when I am on it. I am sure it REALLY makes a difference, and I learned of it through James Coburn’s challenges with this disability. I also knit, crochet and bead to keep my hands nimble!

2. Watch the 3-minute Weapons of Choice video on YouTube which features the story of Brian Teacher, a tennis pro who fights his arthritis by playing the sport he loves.

Learn more about this disability and see what others do in defense of it! Please click on any, or all, of the links we have provided.