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We have numerous statements from people attesting to the simplicity and practicality of the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank. We also have extensive experience with the durability of this engineering marvel.
With Baby Boomers reaching an age where arthritis becomes a more likely reality - and we can say this because many of us ARE Baby Boomers - we recognize the value of the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank.
Number of Americans with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms:
· 1985 - 35 million
· 1990 - 37.9 million
· 1998 - nearly 43 million (1 in 6 people)
· 2005 – 66 million (nearly 1 in 3 adults)
· Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15.
· Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability.
· Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million Americans.
· Arthritis results in 39 million physician visits and more than a half million hospitalizations.
· Costs to the U.S. economy totals more than $86.2 billion annually.
· Arthritis affects people in all age groups including nearly 300,000 children.
· Baby boomers are now at prime risk. More than half those affected are under age 65.
· Arthritis strikes women more often than men.
· Women - 41.0 million
· Men - 28.9 million
Osteoarthritis affects an estimated 21 million adults. It’s a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint deteriorates, causing pain and loss of movement as bone begins to rub against bone. It is the most prevalent form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, has been misnamed 'wear and tear' arthritis
Osteoarthritis commonly affects the joints of the fingers, knees, hips, and spine. Work-related repetitive injury and physical trauma may contribute to the development of Osteoarthritis. Working with your hands as a Jeweler or metal smith may place you at high risk for Osteoarthritis of the fingers.
Osteoarthritis of the fingers is often genetic. Fingers may ache or become stiff and numb. They can become enlarged and gnarled. Small, bony bumps called Heberden's nodes may also appear on the end joints of the fingers. Similar knobs called Bouchard's nodes can appear on the middle joints of the fingers. It has been documented that more women than men have Osteoarthritis of their fingers. After menopause, women become especially susceptible to Osteoarthritis.
The most common symptoms include:
· Steady or intermittent pain in a joint.
· Stiffness after periods of inactivity, such as sleeping or sitting.
· Swelling or tenderness in 1 or more joints.
· Crunching feeling or sound of bone rubbing on bone (called crepitus) when the joint is used.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the joint lining becomes inflamed as part of the body’s immune system activity. Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most serious and disabling types, affecting mostly women.
It’s mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) progresses in three stages. The first stage is the swelling of the joint lining, causing pain, warmth, stiffness, redness and swelling around the joint. Second is the rapid division and growth of cells, which causes the lining to thicken. In the third stage, the inflamed cells release enzymes that may digest bone and cartilage, often causing the involved joint to lose its shape and alignment, more pain, and loss of movement.
Because it is a chronic disease, RA continues indefinitely and may not go away. Frequent flares in disease activity can occur. RA is a systemic disease, which means it can affect other organs in the body. Early diagnosis and treatment of RA is critical if you want to continue living a productive lifestyle. Studies have shown that early aggressive treatment of RA can limit joint damage, which in turn limits loss of movement, decreased ability to work, higher medical costs and potential surgery.
RA affects 1 percent of the U.S. population or 2.1 million Americans. Currently, the cause of RA is unknown, although there are several theories. And while there is no cure, it is easier than ever to control RA through the use of new drugs, exercise, joint protection techniques and self-management techniques. While there is no good time to have rheumatoid arthritis, advancements in research and drug development means that more people with RA are living happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Performing such simple tasks as opening a pill bottle to take your pain reliever can be very difficult. What were people thinking of when they designed some of these bottles? This needs to be borne in mind when selecting or designing an adjustable shank. If the mechanism is difficult, it can be very painful to operate.
From a paper presented by Mr.Fred Klotz, Director of Findings at Hoover & Strong.
2005 Santa Fe Symposium®.
The Premier International Conference on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology
Adjustable and expandable rings have been around since the nineteenth century. A design by R.J. La Grange was patented on September 5, 1882. Most adjustable rings, then and now, rely on variations on common themes; latches, catches, and hinges. For arthritic hands manipulation can be both frustrating and fruitless. Heirlooms become pretty trinkets rather than remain treasured jewelry. If fit is a problem with a precious heirloom or newly purchased treasure the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank may be the answer to the question, "How can I make my ring fit?"
We believe the simplicity of the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank makes it an ideal solution for arthritis sufferers. No snaps to manipulate, catches to release, dimples to press with styli (or styluses). Who else can benefit from the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank?
- Individuals, both women and men who experience significant weight gain and loss can gain just as arthritis sufferers. Athletes, who have suffered significant joint injuries can benefit from FOREVERFIT™.
- A new bride anticipating pregnancy can benefit from the easy to use features of the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank as her body adjusts.
- Top-heavy rings can be matched to a FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank and will instantly become more wearable and have super fit.
Swollen knuckles become less problematic with the addition of a FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank. It mates easily with an existing ring creating a perfect fit for almost any finger. Changing ring sizes can be managed well with the addition of a ForeverFit™ Self Sizing Shank. Clearly, the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank is not just an "arthritis ring."
Among the most attractive features of the FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank is its ease of installation. Even relatively inexperienced jewelers can complete the process successfully. If you call with questions about a FOREVERFIT™ Self Sizing Shank you'll speak to someone willing and able to assist you. We make it and know how it works!