The term "arthritis" refers to an inflammation of a joint. Arthritis can reduce strength and mobility for performing even the most routine of chores around work or home. It is one of the most common disabling conditions, but can be managed through diet, exercise, education, and care.
Arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operators and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project. With the average age of the American farmer climbing above 57, increasingly more farmers will find tasks difficult to complete. Many agricultural workers do not know they may be at risk of developing arthritis.
Seasonal changes in the weather, and the amount of time spent indoors and outdoors can drastically affect the impact of arthritis. There are many small accommodations that can ease arthritis pain throughout the year. Proper diet and nutrition can keep pain at a minimum, as can proper exercise. Consult with a physician about what daily exercises can be added to a daily routine.
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