Currently there is no cure for arthritis. However, if you have arthritis there are many ways in which you can manage it so you can lead a normal life. These include special exercises and learning how to do things so you don’t hurt your joints.
Artificial joints are now able to replace some joints which have stopped functioning. If you would like to do some virtual surgery visit this site: http://www.edheads.org/activities/knee/ Even though this is an animated procedure, it is not for those people who don’t like watching surgery.
Links to other curriculum areas:
- Science: Biology, Physics (of movement)
- History (Archaeology): Osteoarthritis is an ancient disease. In 1986, an anthropological dig in South America discovered mummies that showed evidence of osteoarthritis. They were over 3000 years old.
Famous people who have joint problems:
|Golfer||Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Kristy McPherson|
|Basketball||Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant It has been postulated that Italian-born|
|Explorer||Christopher Columbus suffered from Reiter’s arthritis|
|Footballer||Scottish football player Ian Murray has suffered from Reiter’s arthritis.|
|Silverchair front man||Daniel Johns was diagnosed with Reactive Arthritis in early 2002 which prevented the band from touring their new album Diorama.|
|KISS guitarist||Mark St. John also suffered with reactive arthritis, which prevented him from playing live shows and limited his tenure in the band|