Arthritis is an informal term referring to more than 100 types of joint diseases that affect 53 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S.
Osteoarthritis (OA), also called degenerative joint disease or "wear and tear" arthritis, is the most common chronic condition of the joints, and affects approximately 27 million Americans. OA occurs when the cartilage or cushion between joints breaks down leading to pain, stiffness and swelling.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints and other tissues. Over time, joints become loose, unstable, painful, deformed and lose their mobility. About 15 million people in the United States have RA, with nearly 3x as many women affected by the disease as men.
Hypermobile joints have a greater range of motion than typical joints, making them more susceptible to injury. Because many "classic" exercises and stretches can be potentially harmful for those with hypermobile joints, it is essential to find movement instructors trained to work with hypermobility and related issues, such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
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*The information contained herein is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Clients with serious medical conditions should always consult with their healthcare practitioners before beginning any Pilates or other exercise program. Always inform your instructor of any injuries or health conditions prior to any exercise session.