JointHealth™ express   May 11, 2011

Don't Ignore Your Aches and Pains

Osteoarthritis is a treatable disease but early detection is the key.

Too often people experience aches and pains that they attribute to aging. Delaying your diagnosis of osteoarthritis may lead to the disease being so advanced that surgery is the only option. Researchers have learned that early detection can prevent permanent joint damage. The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) is drawing attention to this important research through an entertaining and easy to understand video.

In Osteoarthritis is a Treatable Disease, Dr. Jolanda Cibere, research scientist with ARC, explains that by the time osteoarthritis shows up on an x-ray, the disease is already in an advanced stage. However, she found blood and urine tests could detect the breakdown and build up of cartilage in the joint at an early stage. These findings will lead to earlier treatment that can reduce symptoms (pain, stiffness, swelling & lack of mobility) and potentially prevent the progression of osteoarthritis from negatively affecting patients' quality of life.

This is the fourth video in a series created by ARC covering topics important to people living with arthritis and those who want to avoid it. These exciting new videos provide arthritis information you can trust to be accurate and relevant. Visit for the latest releases.

Coming Soon: Lupus and Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes

ARC's scientists are respected leaders in their fields and, affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI). This project was made possible with funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). ARC receives funding support from The Arthritis Society.

For more information contact:
Shauneen Kellner
Executive Director
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada