The Arthritis Foundation itself admits that arthritis, though quite common, is not very well understood. That’s because arthritis is not one single disease. It’s actually a very informal way of describing inflammation and pain in the joints. It can also be classified as joint disease.

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Arthritis Comes in Many Forms

There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis. That might mean juvenile arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, spinal stenosis, temporal arteritis, vasculitis, and the list goes on.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States (over 50 million American adults and over 300,000 children live with some type of arthritis). Don’t allow arthritis to take over your life and livelihood.


Staggering Arthritis Statistics

The CDC, backed by a study conducted from 2013 to 2015, also reported findings where an estimated 54.4 million American adults (about 22.7% of the population) each year had been diagnosed arthritic by a doctor, whether it be rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

If you’re 65 and older, you have a 49.6% chance of having arthritis. If you’re 45-64, you’re 29.3% likely to report a doctor-diagnosed case of arthritis. People aged 18-44 are 7.1% likely to get the doctor diagnosis.

Arthritis by Region

Hawaii had the lowest arthritis rate in this same study at 17.2% while West Virginia had the highest at 33.6%. The projections don’t look good, either. By 2040, the CDC estimates that 78 million US adults (18 years or older) will have been diagnosed with arthritis by a medical professional. That will be a projected 26%, more than 1 out of every 4 Americans.

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Arthritis Might Be Linked to Obesity

Patients 18 and older and either overweight or obese are more likely to be diagnosed with arthritis than patients with lower BMIs (Body Mass Index) — 31% of obese, 23% overweight, and 16% under/normal weight adults report being diagnosed with arthritis.

Schedule Your Consultation with familyfirst Today

If you’re looking for information and ways to prevent joint pain and arthritic conditions, familyfirst can help. We can also help if you’ve been previously diagnosed or suspect you have arthritis. Schedule your initial consultation today and we’ll get started. We’ll custom tailor an arthritis care plan that works for you.