Do your knees crack when you stand up? Do your hips ache? Are your sore feet keeping you from doing the things you want to do? In general, are your joints so stiff and painful they are putting a damper on your lifestyle?
You are not alone.
■ Nearly 50 million Americans (one in five people) have been diagnosed with arthritis.
■ Nearly 300,000 children younger than 17 are affected by juvenile arthritis.
■ Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
■ Arthritis prevalence increases with age. Among adults over age 65, the prevalence is 48 percent.
■ Kentucky ranks second in the United States for the highest incidence of arthritis.
No one is immune to this disease. Arthritis affects every racial and ethnic group. The term "arthritis" encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the surrounding tissues and other connective tissues. Arthritis affects women at a much higher rate than men. Sixty percent of all people who have arthritis are female, and several of the more common forms are more prevalent in women.
As a way to battle arthritis, Baptist Health Lexington has a 12-week program, Joints in Motion, which is designed to help you get motivated about exercise, healthy eating and other lifestyle changes that will lead to better joint health. Participants receive an initial overall health assessment with a registered dietitian and a certified exercise physiologist/fitness practitioner. These professionals will create a customized eating plan to help you meet your goals and an exercise plan tailored to your abilities.
Joints in Motion, administered at Baptist Health HealthwoRx in Lexington Green Mall, includes maintenance of all records, assessments, professional consultation, personalized fitness and dietary plans and unlimited exercise privileges at HealthwoRx during the program. The program fee is $75 if you are referred by a physician, and $100 for self-referrals. For details, call 859-260 MOVE (6683).
If you want to learn more about how to put your joints into motion, please join Baptist Health Lexington at a free event, Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes and a Movie at AmStar 14 Theatre at Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville on April 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will get underway at 6. Seating is limited, so please visit BaptistHealthLexington.com or call (859) 260-2220 to register. The movie is free.
Kim Horne Wilder is administrative director of orthopedics at Baptist Health Lexington.