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.
Many different drugs are used to treat arthritis and related diseases. The ones taken will depend on the type of arthritis that is diagnosed. Some are available without a prescription while others must be prescribed by a doctor. Always check with a doctor before taking any medication including over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and dietary aids.
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