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Arthritis: Not Just An Old Person's Disease

Feb 18, 2014

A hand affected by rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Smith says that with proper treatment and early diagnosis many people can avoid this kind of debilitating arthritis.
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Imagine waking up in pain, imagine every motion leading to discomfort, and even if you’re able to avoid movement the weather changes and pain comes again. For many people this can be a daily reality. Arthritis — the wearing down of the soft tissues around our bones — is actually something we all will have to confront, to varying degrees, as we age. But it’s not just a disease of growing older, children and young adults can suffer from the disease as well.  On today's Central Standard we'll be looking at the pains, treatments and hopes for future advancements that can enable a high quality of life.


  • Dr. Mike Smith, Rheumatologist in Kansas City
  • Dr. Carol Lindsley, Pediatric Rheumatologist at the University of Kansas Hospital