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Gout

Arthritis affects more than 5.0 million adults in California

Gout, a specific form of arthritis, affects 3.0 million adults in the US

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is caused by the buildup of too much uric acid in the body. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of substances called purines. Normally, uric acid dissolves in the blood and passes through the kidneys and out of the body in urine. However, in some cases uric acid can build up in the blood and lead to sharp uric acid crystal deposits in joints, often in the big toe, causing pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness. A gout attack can be brought on by stressful events, alcohol or drugs, or another illness.

There are evidence-based self-management education and physical activity programs that are effective and safe for people with arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides program recommendations for people with arthritis. In California, CAPP is implementing the following self-management and physical activity programs:

 

Physical Activity Programs

    • Walk with Ease – Group Program
    • Walk with Ease – Self Led Program
    • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Self-Management Education Programs

    • Healthier Living - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
    • Tomando Control de su Salud Program (Spanish CDSMP)
    • Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP)
    • Programa de Manejo Personal de la Artritis (Spanish ASMP)

 

 
 
Last modified on: 10/23/2012 10:19 AM