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.
Pacing your activities can be hard in a farming operation. However, by arranging tasks throughout the day based on type, location, and longevity, you can save energy. Pacing helps protect the joints from the stress of repeated tasks and helps reduce fatigue. Alternate heavy or repeated tasks with easy ones, and change tasks often. Plan rest breaks in between tasks.
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