The term "arthritis" refers to an inflammation of a joint. Arthritis can reduce strength and mobility for performing even the most routine of chores around work or home. It is one of the most common disabling conditions, but can be managed through diet, exercise, education, and care.
Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operators and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project. With the average age of the American farmer climbing above 57, increasingly more farmers will find tasks difficult to complete. Many agricultural workers do not know they may be at risk of developing arthritis.
Using heat or cold over joints or muscles may give short-term relief from pain and stiffness. Using heat or cold to help prepare for exercise is also beneficial. Heat helps relax aching muscles while cold numbs the area to reduce the feeling of pain and decreases swelling and inflammation.
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