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Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


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Chronic pain can be debilitating and may limit participation in meaningful activities. Fortunately, there is strong evidence that learning more about pain and managing it with exercise can decrease the limitations it imposes. This group is led by occupational and physical therapists specializing in education and exercise for those experiencing chronic pain.

Attend one or all sessions.

For more information call 608-392-9768.

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Part of Speaking of Health: Spring Series at VINE

The nature of being human and aging comes with the wear and tear of arthritis. Arthritis isn’t a picky disease and affects all joints, including all the joints of the spine.

Meghan E. Murphy, M.D., neurosurgeon, will review common problems of arthritis in the spine, nerve pain and treatments that can reduce pain and quality of life.

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