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Ranching, farming with arthritis workshop to be held in Wheatland

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 11th, 2009

Workshops to help producers with arthritis farm and ranch are in Worland, Riverton and Wheatland this February.

“More than 80 percent of ranchers and farmers experience some form of arthritis,” said Randy Weigel, human development specialist with the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) and project director for Wyoming AgrAbility. “Ranchers and farmers are heavily affected by this condition, which can reduce their ability to perform work tasks efficiently.”

The workshops are Feb. 24 at the Washakie Learning Center in Worland; Feb. 25 in Riverton at the Fairgrounds Armory Building; and Feb. 27 in Wheatland at the Platte County UW CES office.

Topics include learning the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, myths and facts of arthritis and ways to manage pain while ranching and farming. Examples of assistive technology devices that can make life less painful and what to look for when buying assistive technology devices to help protect joints are also part of the workshop.

Speakers include Sarah Perry, occupational therapist with Gottsche Rehabilitation Center, Mary Fick Monteith, assistive technology specialist with Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Assistive Technology Resource, and Weigel.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

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