8 posts tagged “arthritis”

Arthritis by the numbers: 50 million+ Americans live with it

Posted May 5th, 2017 by

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. How many people are living with this condition? 53 million Americans and counting. Various forms of arthritis – including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus and fibromyalgia – are all on the rise, according to the CDC.

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Let’s look at some other facts and stats about arthritis, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:

  • 67 million – the estimated number of Americans who’ll be living with arthritis by 2030
  • 300,000 – the number of babies, kids and teens living with arthritis or a rheumatic condition today
  • Nearly 1 million – the number of hospitalizations each year due to arthritis
  • 172 million – the combined number of work days people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis miss every year
  • $156 billion – the annual cost of arthritis in terms of lost wages and medical expenses
  • # 1 – arthritis is the nation’s top cause of disability

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Arthritis experts are also concerned that more than half of people with arthritis are also living with heart disease or diabetes, and they typically have worse outcomes because of activity limitations.

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Arthritis Awareness Month: Shedding light on an invisible condition

Posted May 27th, 2016 by

It’s National Arthritis Awareness Month, and while more than 50 million Americans live with it, arthritis is often an invisible condition. It can be hard for those who don’t have it to understand what it’s all about and how it impacts a person.

So let’s test your arthritis knowledge — did you know any of the facts below1?

  • 1 in 5 people over 18 live with arthritis
  • Arthritis pain can occur in several places throughout the body including the neck, back, shoulders, and hips — and even in the skin, heart, and lungs
  • Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe over 100 medical conditions and diseases like gout, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia
  • People often associate this condition with old age, but while the risk does increase with age, anyone can have arthritis

What can you do?

The Arthritis Foundation has launched a #SeeArthritis campaign on Facebook, and over 10,000 people have turned their profile pictures green to raise awareness. If you’re living with arthritis, use the hashtag and go green!

But first, head over to the forum and help us get the awareness going by sharing the one thing you want others to know about living with arthritis.

 

 

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1http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/