CreakyJoints Survey Reveals Men Are Less Likely to Incorporate Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Into Their Arthritis Management

Linda Rider

Upper NYACK, N.Y.–(Business enterprise WIRE)–A new study from CreakyJoints, the intercontinental electronic community for hundreds of thousands of arthritis people and caregivers who seek training, support, advocacy, and patient-centered investigation, finds that women are incorporating extra complementary and option medicine (CAM) into their arthritis management method than males and that amid Hispanic survey individuals, more noticeably reported by no means making use of CAM as opposed to employing it. Prevalent complementary and substitute therapies for arthritis contain tai chi and yoga, massage, acupuncture, meditation, vitamins, and other approaches that might assist a man or woman with arthritis cope with indicators of the working day-to-working day knowledge of living with a persistent condition.

“At the get started of a new calendar year, several folks replicate on their aims for the subsequent 12 months. We performed this survey to superior fully grasp how men and women with arthritis control their affliction likely further than approved prescription drugs and to get started a conversation about why a holistic, affected individual-centered method is critical to keeping bodily, emotional, and psychological wellness all yr very long,” reported Daniel Hernandez, MD, Director of Medical Affairs and Hispanic Outreach, CreakyJoints.

In the new survey (n=847), users of the CreakyJoints local community ended up questioned thoughts about their condition(s), the complementary and option therapies they have at any time used for their situation(s), and the therapies they observed practical for their signs and symptoms primarily based on the therapies they earlier chosen. Most study respondents (89%) noted applying a kind of complementary or choice remedy for their problem, with the most typical therapies reportedly utilised being nutritional vitamins/minerals (71%), massage (48%), joint supplements (47%), relaxation/thoughts-overall body pursuits (38%), therapeutic herbs (34%), and yoga (33%). The therapies documented useful by the finest proportion of persons who have at any time utilized the therapy ended up therapeutic massage (76%), Chi Gong (76%), yoga (74%), peace/head-physique activities (72%), and religious actions (71%). Noticeably extra girls reported using CAM than by no means making use of it (89% vs 73%, p<0.001) while significantly more men reported never using CAM than having ever used it (27% vs 11%, p<0.001). In terms of race and ethnicity, significantly more white participants reported using CAM than never using it (82% vs 71%, p=0.007) and significantly fewer Hispanic or Latino participants reported ever using CAM than never using it (13% vs 32%, p<0.001).

“An arthritis diagnosis requires a lifetime management commitment and there will be times when a person living with arthritis feels better and worse. Our CreakyJoints survey, and other existing peer-reviewed studies, show that CAM can have a positive impact on the experience of symptoms,” said Dr. Hernandez. “However, our survey also suggests that more education is needed to encourage men and members of the Hispanic community to understand the range of CAM therapies available and to encourage them to speak with the health provider team about which therapy may offer benefit to them.”

For more information about CAM, visit: https://creakyjoints.org/alternative-medicine/

Available for free and created by CreakyJoints®, a tool that people living with joint, bone, and inflammatory skin conditions, as well as arthritis and rheumatologic manifestations of gastrointestinal-tract (GI) and skin conditions can use is the ArthritisPower® research registry. With tens of thousands of consented arthritis patients, the ArthritisPower mobile and desktop application allows patients to track their experience of disease (including symptoms and treatments – medications and/or CAM) and participate in voluntary research studies in a secure and accessible manner. To learn more and join ArthritisPower, visit ArthritisPower.org or, in Spanish, ArthritisPower.org.es.

About the Survey

The 6-question survey was fielded from December 2, 2021 – December 16, 2021. Participants were recruited via email from the existing CreakyJoints and COVID-19 Patient Support Program mailing lists. Only adult participants diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), osteoarthritis (OA), ankylosing spondylitis/axial spondyloarthritis (AS/axSpA), or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) were asked to complete the survey. The sample was primarily female (87%) and white (81%), with an average (SD) age of 61 (13). A quarter of the participants (25%) reported having a form of spondyloarthritis (SpA), 65% reported having either RA or JIA, and 10% reported having osteoarthritis without a concomitant condition of interest.

About CreakyJoints

CreakyJoints® is an international digital community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers who seek education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research. We represent patients in English, Spanish, and French through our popular social media channels, our websites, and the 50-State Network, which includes more than 1,700 trained volunteer patient, caregiver, and provider health care activists.

Part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, CreakyJoints also has a patient-reported outcomes registry called ArthritisPower® (ArthritisPower.org), which includes tens of thousands of consented arthritis patients who track their disease while volunteering to participate in longitudinal and observational peer-reviewed research. In addition to online and downloadable educational resources, CreakyJoints publishes many arthritis and chronic disease podcast series, available on all major streaming platforms, that provide both patient and provider perspectives. It also hosts PainSpot (PainSpot.org), a digital risk-assessment tool for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, and eRheum (eRheum.org), for telehealth and virtual-care support. All programming is free, always. For more information, visit CreakyJoints.org.

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