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Joint Efforts

Libi Astaire

Arthritis may be one of the world’s oldest diseases, but it isn’t just old people who suffer from it. A look at an ailment that can be, literally, a pain in the neck, as well as some treatment methods

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My mother, may she be well, has been complaining about the effect ofKansas weather on her arthritis for almost as long as I’ve known her. Turns out, there may be some validity to her complaints about theJayhawkState. The oldest known cases of arthritis have been discovered in the skeletal remains of Native Americans who, many centuries ago, roamed the hills ofTennessee and — are you listening, Ma? — the plains ofKansas.

Since then, people living in climates as diverse asEgyptandEnglandhave suffered from this “equal opportunity” ailment that can afflict women and men, the elderly and the young. And despite medical advances in so many other areas, so far there is still no cure. It’s no wonder so many myths and misconceptions about arthritis have sprung up over the centuries — and that people have been willing to try almost anything to get some relief from their arthritic pain. 


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