What is Arthritis?
“Arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, and, though very common, it is not well understood. Arthritis-related conditions are the leading cause of disability in America, affecting more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children. Most common among women, Arthritis occurs more frequently as people get older and symptoms become more severe. Symptoms may come and go but common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and a decreased range of motion. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and difficulty with walking or climbing stairs.
Each year, the Arthritis Foundation plans activities in support of Arthritis Awareness Month and is leading the way to conquer arthritis and its effects. Through advocacy efforts in Washington DC and communities across the country, the Arthritis Foundation is raising awareness, funding research, and educating individuals about the prevalence of Arthritis and its impact on families all over the world:
- 1 in 250 children have arthritis.
- 1 in 4 adults have arthritis.
- The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, affects more than 30M Americans.
- Arthritis is America’s #1 cause of disability.
How does SmartScoot fit in?
SmartScoot is designed to help people with mobility difficulties have the ability to move around freely and easily. Mobility difficulties can be especially hard to work around when the people who suffer from them love travel or lead active lifestyles. SmartScoot’s compact, folding mobility scooter is the answer. SmartScoot was designed by an MS patient with mobility difficulties specifically to meet his expectations in a compact, folding scooter.
He had been diagnosed with MS in his early 30’s. Over the years, his mobility had declined to the extent that he had to rely on his wife to push him in a wheelchair. After purchasing a lightweight scooter that was already available in the market and using it for a year, he felt that, with some innovations, he could design a compact folding scooter that would be much better than other mobility scooter brands or even full-size power chairs. He reached out to an engineering colleague and they worked together to create the SmartScoot™ brand of compact folding scooters. They came up with a folding power scooter that is both better for everyday use as well as traveling.
Check out the details on the SmartScoot here.