Coping with Osteoarthritis: Sound, Compassionate Advice for People Dealing with the Challenges of Osteoarthritis

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Penguin, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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The Arthritis Foundation of America estimates that about 15.8 million people in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis. In the newly revised and updated Coping with Osteoarthritis, psychologist Dr. Robert Phillips dispenses informed, compassionate advice about living with this potentially crippling disorder. This best-selling title of Avery's Coping with ... series was designed to give patients and their families a better understanding of osteoarthritis, helping them to cope with the everyday problems and changes they can expect to face during the progression of the disease.

Divided into four parts, the book begins with the medical aspects of osteoarthritis -- what it is and different treatment options. Parts Two through Four look at important aspects of living with osteoarthritis, including successfully coping with different emotions having the disease might cause, making lifestyle changes, interacting with family, your physician, and others. The book also includes information and coping strategies for those living with a person with osteoarthritis.

Coping with Osteoarthritis will help those suffering from this debilitating condition and their families successfully manage the challenges of living with osteoarthritis.

 

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Contents

What is Osteoarthritis?
3
How Is Osteoarthritis Treated?
15
PART
25
Physical Changes
36
Pain
43
Medication
59
Surgery
74
Diet and Nutrition
81
Guilt
200
Stress
207
Other Emotions
219
PART FOUR Interacting with Other People
229
An Introduction
231
Your Family
236
Your Friends and Colleagues
248
Your Physician
255

Rest and Exercise
93
Activities
106
Finances
121
PART THREE
129
An Introduction
131
Coping with the Diagnosis
144
Depression
155
Fear and Anxiety
171
Anger
185
Handling Comments from Others
267
Your Sex Life
274
Living with Someone Who Has Osteoarthritis
283
On to the Future
291
For Further Reading
293
Resource Groups
295
Index
297
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Robert H. Phillips "is a psychologist and the director of the Center for Coping in New York. He is also the best-selling author of eight books.

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