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What is arthritis?
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. Symptoms include pain and limited function of affected joints. Earlier diagnosis can help to prevent irreversible damage and disability. At Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, we are dedicated to helping you be as healthy as possible. Learn about the resources and programs available in our community to help you or a loved one manage arthritis pain. 

Arthritis programs in the community
Area hospitals, medical facilities, and health care providers offer classes of various lengths for individuals. Typical programs range from 4 to 12 sessions and include information on: 

  • Medication for arthritis 
  • The impact of your diet
  • How to reduce pain and increase your range of movement
  • Movements you can do regularly to increase strength and maintain muscle mass
  • Simple arthritis exercises you can do using household items such as a chair
  • Exercises for arthritis you can do in a swimming pool

Community resources: 

Arthritis education
Arthritis Foundation®, Northeastern New York chapter
(518) 456-1203 

Fibromyalgia support group
St. Peter's Hospital
(518) 482-5533

Additional resources: 

American Holistic Health Organization

Arthritis Foundation

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Contact Our Health Management Team

Speak with a care manager today! Call 1-877-878-8785, option 2.

Did You Know?

Members eligible to receive our wellness debit card can redeem their card at various wellness centers, including yoga studios, and massage, spa services and more!