All posts by Arthritis Foundation

Meet Our Newest Rheumatology Fellows

People living with arthritis rely on the special expertise of a rheumatologist. However, having access to one can be difficult due to a severe shortage across the country. The Arthritis Foundation has committed to help close the gap on the rheumatologist shortage by funding grants to universities in underserved areas, providing $150,000 to support new fellowship programs. Five schools were funded for three adult and two pediatric rheumatology fellowships, running from July 2020 to July 2021. Continue reading Meet Our Newest Rheumatology Fellows

Survey Results: Nearly 1/3 of Patients Report Osteoarthritis is Not Well-Managed

For many of the 30 million people in the U.S. who live with osteoarthritis (OA), pain is the most difficult symptom to manage.

The Arthritis Foundation conducted a survey asking people with osteoarthritis to share their current top concerns and needs, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Almost 2,000 people responded, with 64% of survey respondents reporting they have had OA for 10 years or longer. Continue reading Survey Results: Nearly 1/3 of Patients Report Osteoarthritis is Not Well-Managed

Sleep & Painsomnia

By Rebecca Gillett, MS OTR/L – Live Yes! With Arthritis Podcast Co-Host 

Sleep and pain. These two words don’t play well together when you live with arthritis or any type of chronic illness that involves living with daily pain. Those of you who have joint pain know what I’m talking about when I say “painsomnia.” That’s what I like to call it. You’re exhausted, fatigued and in pain. All you want and need is some good quality sleep. Yet, pain comes to haunt you just as you settle in to attempt a good night’s sleep, or you fall asleep fast due to sheer exhaustion and fatigue, only to be awakened by pain. Sound all too familiar? Continue reading Sleep & Painsomnia

Patient Perspectives: Navigating Telemedicine Throughout the Pandemic

Maintaining your health care visits can often feel like a full-time job – the trip to and from, the parking, the waiting, the paperwork, the missed school and work. And during these unprecedented times, it can be extremely taxing and hazardous as the threat of COVID-19 continues to grow. Many patients in the arthritis community have been adding telemedicine visits with their health care providers into their routines to mitigate these stresses. Continue reading Patient Perspectives: Navigating Telemedicine Throughout the Pandemic

Back to School in COVID-19? Know Your Rights!

By Julie Eller, co-host of the Live Yes With Arthritis Podcast 

To me, there is no greater joy than sharpening a Dixon Ticonderoga Number Two pencil on the first day of school. I have always been the nerdiest of nerds, a happy bookworm who counted down the days of summer until the fateful day when could return to class. As I think of all the changes our school-aged children and young adults have faced since the start of the pandemic, the one that has weighed most heavily on my heart are those students whose hopeful back-to-school countdown has been prolonged indefinitely.   Continue reading Back to School in COVID-19? Know Your Rights!

National Sponsors Help to Make This Year’s Virtual Walk to Cure Arthritis a Big Success

This year, the Arthritis Foundation decided to move our flagship fundraising event, Walk to Cure Arthritis (WTCA), to the online space. The fight for arthritis research and a cure never quits, even when the world seems to be at a standstill. That’s why we were so excited to share this virtual experience with our arthritis family! Over 35,000 people watched the event live on Facebook, helping us raise millions in donations for the fight to cure arthritis. Continue reading National Sponsors Help to Make This Year’s Virtual Walk to Cure Arthritis a Big Success