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Six million Canadians suffer with arthritis according to Arthritis Society Canada

According to Arthritis Society Canada, there are currently 6 million Canadians suffering with  arthritis and that number is expected to increase to 9 million by 2040.

An aging demographic and the lack of treatments to cure or slow the progression of the disease will contribute to that number.

Trish Barbato, the CEO of Arthritis Society Canada, shared some comments those with the condition have made.

“Every day is different so I can’t commit to anything because I don’t know if I will be able to do whatever they plan to do that day. They said don’t judge me because you can’t see that I’m in pain. Unless you have some of the really gnarly joints, often you cannot see it.”  

The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which can often by triggered by injuries to a joint.  The other is rheumatoid arthritis which is an auto-immune condition.  It is also the type most prevalent in children.

To learn more about arthritis, how it can be managed, and the support of the Arthritis Society Canada go to arthritis DOT ca.

You can also tune in to Thompson Today this afternoon at 12:40 and 5:10.

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