Some Quick Facts About Arthritis
Arthritis is a very serious joint disorder that can cause serious pain and reduced mobility. It is more common among seniors, but can effect people of all ages and is very common in the United States.
- It is estimated that in the United States 46 Million Adults have been diagnosed with Arthritis by a doctor, which breaks down to 1 in 5 adults.
- Of adults over the age of 75, more than half have been diagnosed with arthritis.
- Women are more likely to develop arthritis, with women representing approximately 60% of all doctor diagnosed cases of arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, with about 21 million adults being diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
- Approximately 2.1 Million Adults have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
- About 300,000 children under the age of 17 have been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis.
- About 8% of those between 18 and 44 have been diagnosed with Arthritis.
- Almost 30% of those between the ages of 45 and 64 have been diagnosed with arthritis.
- Approximately 48% of those who are over 65 have been diagnosed with arthritis.
It is important to note that these figures, which were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, make up known cases of arthritis that have been diagnosed by a physician, so there are likely many more undiagnosed cases of arthritis.
It is also reported that those who have been diagnosed with arthritis have twice as many sick days and 3 times as many physical limitations as those who have not been diagnosed with arthritis.
Arthritis can be found in people of all ages, shapes, and sizes, although it is more common among the elderly. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and some are more common among men and others among women, although on a whole, women are more likely to develop arthritis.