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Photo of woman working in a manufacturing environment Prevalence and Correlates of Arthritis-Attributable Work Limitation in the U.S. Population Among Persons Ages 18–64: 2002 National Health Interview Survey Data —Approximately 1 in 20 working age (18-64 years) U.S. adults, or nearly 7 million Americans, report being limited in some aspect of work for pay (amount, type or ability to work) because of arthritis. Among those with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, approximately 1 in 3 report work limitation. Arthritis-attributable work limitation disproportionately affects minority groups. There are opportunities to reduce arthritis impact by implementing effective interventions to preserve and improve function. Read more.
Woman at a pool National and State Medical Expenditures and Lost Earnings Attributable to Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions — In 2003, arthritis and other rheumatic conditions (AORC) cost the United States $127.8 billion ($80.8 billion in medical care expenditures and $47.0 billion in lost earnings), up from $86.2 billion in 1997. Total costs attributable to AORC in the states ranged from $225.5 million in the District of Columbia to $12.1 billion in California. Increasing physical activity, maintaining healthy weight, and expanding the use of self-management education among persons with AORC may help slow the rise in these costs and improve quality of life of persons with AORC. Read more.
People walking in the park Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitations, 2003–2005 — Arthritis affects 1 in 5, or 46 million, US adults, making it one of the most common chronic conditions. Over 40%, or nearly 19 million, adults with arthritis are limited in their activities because of their arthritis. Increasing physical activity, losing excess weight, and participating in self-management education classes have been shown to reduce pain, improve functional limitations and mental health, and reduce disability among persons with arthritis. Read more.
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Mother, daughter, and grandmother bicycling. State Prevalence Of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitations, 2003 — In adults in states and territories, the 2003 prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis ranged from 17.9% to 37.2% and that of arthritis-attributable activity limitation ranged from 6.3% to 16.7%, with particularly high rates in southern states. Arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation are common problems in all states and territories and likely to increase in the future. Read more
Man and grandson raking leaves Physical Activity in Men and Women with Arthritis — Physical activity has been shown to reduce pain and improve function and mental health among people with arthritis, yet adults with arthritis are significantly less likely to engage in recommended levels of moderate or vigorous physical activity, and 37% of adults with arthritis are inactive. Read more
Men walking in the forest Projected Rise in Arthritis Prevalence — By 2030, nearly 67 million (25%) of US adults will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. In addition, adults with arthritis-attributable activity limitation are projected to increase from 16.9 million (7.9%) to 25 million (9.3% of the US adult population) by 2030. These projections herald an increasing societal and health care system burden. Read more
Family walking on the beach Monitoring Arthritis Management — For persons with arthritis, arthritis education has been shown to help reduce pain, yet only 1 in 10 have taken such courses. Health-care providers and persons with arthritis are missing opportunities to improve health through recommending or participating in arthritis self-management education. Many people are unaware of the programs the CDC recommends for people with arthritis. Read the results of a new study.
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