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National Arthritis Awareness Month

May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is a disease that impacts more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand

The Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer arthritis and its effects through our advocacy efforts at the state level and on Capitol Hill, our cutting-edge scientific research, and our tools and resources that help you live your best life.



The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side. Below, you’ll find some telling statistics about the current impact of arthritis on the U.S. population and resources to help you learn more about arthritis.


Arthritis by the Numbers:

  • Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.

  • Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.

  • Arthritis is the nation’s No. 1 cause of disability.

  • Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.

  • 1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do or whether they can work part time or full time.

  • People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis –two major kinds of arthritis – miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.

  • Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.

  • There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.

  • 57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis.

  • 52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis.

  • 44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.

  • 36% of adults who are obese have arthritis.

  • 1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.


Understanding Your Arthritis Treatment Plan

You’ve just been diagnosed with an inflammatory form of arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or lupus. You’re in pain, you’re tired and you’re scared. And now you are confused by what your doctor is telling you to do. The treatment plan seems complicated and the drug names unfamiliar.

Don’t let your fear and confusion stop you from taking action. Treating your inflammatory arthritis as soon as you find out you have it is vitally important. Not only do you want to relieve your pain and fatigue as soon as possible, but you want to stop joint and organ damage before it really gets started.


Medications for Arthritis

No matter the type of arthritis or related disease you may have, there are many medicines available to you. They can ease symptoms, prevent your disease from getting worse and help you have a good quality of life. Read More >>


Benefits and Risks of Arthritis Medicines

Many drugs available to treat inflammatory arthritis have made remission possible. But every medication comes with risks. You and your doctor will need to weigh the benefits against those risks as you develop the most effective treatment plan. Read More >>


Managing Arthritis is More Than Treating Pain

Your complete arthritis treatment plan will ease your pain and inflammation, slow joint and organ damage, keep you moving and doing the things that are important to you. Read More >>


Role of Advanced Therapies in Arthritis

Earlier diagnosis and advanced medicines for inflammatory arthritis have changed the landscape of arthritis treatment. People with arthritis are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Read More >>


Different Ways to Take Arthritis Medications

Your doctor can prescribe a variety of medicines to treat your arthritis and its symptoms. Here’s a look at drug delivery methods for different arthritis medications. Read More >>


Sticking With Your Arthritis Treatment Plan

Not taking your arthritis medicines or taking them incorrectly can lead to disease flares and joint damage. Discussing your concerns with your doctor and making changes as needed is key to getting better. Read More >>



Source: Arthritis Foundation

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