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Online Workshop for Arthritis to Be Tested

Program will help patients work with pain

FRIDAY, May 14, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Arthitis sufferers could learn some self-help skills from an online workshop that's currently being tested by Stanford University Medical Center.

The Healthier Living with Arthritis program will last for six weeks. People who take the workshop will be monitored for two years to see if they learned any lasting skills to manage their arthritis.

The online program will cover topics such as:

  • Techniques to deal with pain, fatigue, frustration and isolation;
  • Exercises for impoving strength, flexibility and endurance;
  • Appropriate use of medications;
  • Making informed treatment decisions.

U.S. residents older than 18 with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia who are interested in enrolling in the study can visit the program's Web site.

More information

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about arthritis.

SOURCES: Stanford University, news release, May 2004
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