When people hear about arthritis (types of joint disorders) they often associate it with age, or think it is a singular disease. However, there are many different forms of arthritis, and arthritis does not only affect the elderly.
Osteoarthritis is a well known form of arthritis, and others include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and septic arthritis. Joint pain, stiffness, loss of physical activity, and swelling are major symptoms of arthritis. Arthritis can affect knees, hands, hips, backs, feet, and elbows, but it can also target body tissues in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.
Facts from the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation launched a new “Faces of Arthritis” campaign to coincide with this year’s Arthritis Month to set the record straight about arthritis. The campaign disproves popular arthritis myths.
- Prevalence: Arthritis affects millions of people. It is the leading cause of disability among Americans.
- Age: Arthritis is not defined by age. Two thirds of those who have arthritis are actually under 65 years old, almost 300,000 children suffer from it, and more serious cases occur among those in their 20s and 30s.
- Weather: barometric pressure changes can affect those with arthritis.
- “Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes and causes work limitations for nearly one in three people in the U.S,” according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Is treatment covered by my Flexible Spending Account?
A Flexible Spending Account covers a visit to the rheumatologist as an FSA eligible expense. Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis.
- Treatment can include physical therapy, medications, and orthopedic braces.
Check out FSAstore.com’s selection of FSA eligible arthritis products. Note: Some eligible products (containing medicine) require a prescription to be reimbursed.