- 1985 - 35 million
- 1990 - 37.9 million
- 1998 - nearly 43 million (1 in 6 people)
- 2005 - 66 million (nearly 1 in 3 adults) -- 42.7 million
doctor-diagnosed arthritis and 23.2 million people live with chronic
joint symptoms, but have not been diagnosed by a doctor
- 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
- Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking,
bathing for more than 7 million Americans.
- Arthritis results in 39 million physician visits and more
than a half
- Costs to the U.S. economy totals more than $86.2 billion
- Arthritis affects people in all age groups including nearly
- Baby boomers are now at prime risk. More than half those
under age 65.
- Half of those Americans with arthritis don't think anything
can be done
to help them.
- Arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases that
in or around joints.
- Arthritis strikes women more often than men.
- Women - 25.9 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed
- Men - 16.8 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed
The disease also can affect other parts of the body. Arthritis causes
pain, loss of movement and sometimes swelling. Some types of arthritis
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.
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.
Gout, which affects mostly men. It is usually the result of a defect in
body chemistry. This painful condition most often attacks small joints,
especially the big toe. Fortunately, gout almost always can be
completely controlled with medication and changes in diet.
a type of arthritis that affects the spine. As
a result of inflammation, the bones of the spine grow together.
Juvenile arthritis, a general term for all types of arthritis that
occur in children. Children may develop juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
or childhood forms of lupus, ankylosing spondylitis or other types of
erythematosus (lupus), a serious disorder that
can inflame and damage joints and other connective tissues throughout
Scleroderma, a disease of the body's connective tissue that
causes a thickening and hardening of the skin.
in which widespread pain affects the muscles
and attachments to the bone. It affects mostly women.
Reports on Impact of Arthritis Arthritis Foundation
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion