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  • Arthritis Patients Take 40 Sick Days A Year – Research 0 comments
    Jun 24, 2014 12:02 AM | about stocks: PSHR

    People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis take six times more sick days than people who are healthy, recent research showed.

    The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) said that while regular employees take about 6.5 days off work a year, those with rheumatoid arthritis log an average of 40 sick leave days.

    This has resulted in ten million working days or an estimated 5.7 billion British pounds lost from 2006 to 2007, the group said.

    The study showed that one out of five patients decide to change careers because of their condition while one in three will actually stop working within the first two years that they experience the symptoms of arthritis.

    An article by Tech Times said that rheumatoid arthritis as a primary cause of absences and unemployment costs the country 1.8 billion British pounds per year. Another 689 million British pounds is spent on medical expenses.

    BSR president Professor Simon Bowman told Express.co.uk, "There is considerable evidence that if people are treated within 12 weeks of rheumatoid arthritis symptom onset, it dramatically reduces the likelihood of long-term damage."

    "Treating patients with these conditions early can enable people to continue doing the things that are important to them such as keeping a job, remaining independent, raising their children," he said.

    Bowman also said, "Treating patients with these conditions early can enable people to continue doing the things that are important to them such as keeping a job, remaining independent, raising their children."

    According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 or 52.5 million adults in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Meanwhile, 1 in 3 people suffering from arthritis face work limitations.

    It is the most common cause of disability in the US and it had cost $80.8 billion in medical expenditures in 2003.

    The National Institute on Aging said treating arthritis depends on having enough rest, exercise and a well-balanced diet. Patients are also taught how to protect their joints from further damage. Medications and surgery may be suggested by doctors, depending on the condition of the patient.

    Because of the problem of prescription drug addiction, however, there are groups pushing for chronic pain management without the use of painkillers.

    Among the common alternatives for pain treatment is hot and cold therapy.

    Because swelling is often experienced by people with arthritis, both hot and cold treatment can help reduce inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis.

    Cold packs reduce inflammation while heated pads loosens muscles and encourages blood flow.

    Products like Pacific Shore Holdings, Inc.'s (PSHR) Thermal-Aid allows people with rheumatism to deal with pain and swelling without much effort.

    The unique and all-natural packs made from terrycloth and processed corn are able to retain temperature for long periods of time.

    It is easy to carry and can be heated in a microwave for a couple of minutes or chilled in a freezer for a couple of hours.

    A four-month study on Thermal-Aid and other similar products showed that Thermal-Aid is an effective and affordable treatment for osteoarthritis. It improved pain control and substantially reduced the need for pain medication compared to conventional therapy.

    Unlike the other products, there were no frostbite or burn issues. It easily conforms to all body parts and the outer cotton pouch allowed safe and comfortable hot and cold transference. Among the products tested, it also retained temperature longer.

    Stocks: PSHR
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