The West Tipperary Branch of Arthritis Ireland are launching their first Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis coffee mornings on 9th April at 11am in the Cavery cafe in the Tipperary Shopping centre which also houses Dunnes Stores.
The launch of the coffee mornings are the next step in support that the branch provides to those suffering with Arthritis in the area.
The branch is based in Tipperary Town but serves both Tipperary and Limerick and is one of 21 branches or Arthritis Ireland around the country. The main goal of the branch is to provide help, support and information to those suffering from Arthritis in the area. Currently there are monthly support meetings with guest speakers. Guests speakers over the years have included physiotherapist, consultants and dieticians.
Currently Arthritis affects over 915,000 people in Ireland, including 1,100 children making it the single biggest cause of disability. There are over 100 types of arthritis the most common forma are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Although many symptoms of Arthritis are shared across the conditions, like pain, fatigue and inflammation, there are many unique to each disease too. No arthritis cure exists at present and it is not known what causes it. However, there are many medical and non - medical arthritis treatments available that can help you to control arthritis systems.
Arthritis is more than just pain, inflammation and fatigue it also affects all other aspects of your life as a recent study by Arthritis Ireland revealing the true emotional impact of the condition on people’s lives discovered.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.