Did You Know…?

  • There are over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
  • Arthritis affects 1 out of every 5 adults, and this number is on the rise.
  • Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including approximately 300,000 children.
  • In the U.S., arthritis is accountable for work limitations in approximately 1 out of every 3 individuals with the condition.
  • There is a prevalence of comorbidity with arthritis; over half of adults with diabetes and/or heart disease are also affected by arthritis.
  • The most common forms of arthritis and related conditions include: Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Lupus, Gout, Fibromyalgia and Osteoporosis.
  • Arthritis is more prevalent in women than men. Approximately sixty percent of individuals with the condition are female.

Warning Signs & Symptoms of Arthritis:

  • Stiffness, swelling, redness or feeling of heat in joints.
  • Pain and/or tenderness that persists.
  • Difficulty with moving joints and performing daily activities.
  • Pain may come and go, and is not always isolated to one area of the body.

Early detection is imperative for treating and managing arthritis. Consult a physician if you have had persistent symptoms and are concerned about arthritis – treatment options are available to maximize your quality of life!

Arthritis is a form of rheumatism in which the joints of the body may become swollen, stiff,

and painful. The two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (“wear-and-tear” arthritis) and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million

Americans, most over the age of 65.

It is caused by a deterioration of the cartilage found covering the ends of articulating bones.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that affects approximately 1.3 million Americans.

It is the result of an autoimmune process that attacks the synovial membrane of synovial joints.

Genetics, along with personal health choices, affect the structure and

function of the synovial joints, impacting quality of life.

Synovial joints are designed with spaces and cushioning between the two articulating bones

in the form of articular cartilage and synovial fluid. This allows synovial joints to produce a far

greater range of motion than fibrous or cartilaginous joints.

Arthritis is a condition that directly affects the structure of the synovial joints, damaging thearticular cartilage, the synovial membrane, and, possibly, the underlying bone tissue.

What are the signs and symptoms of both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Reducing pain and restoring mobility are important to the treatment of arthritis.

Exercise, weight loss and proper nutrition can help reduce pain and restore mobility.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-News from the Arthritis Foundation. 2011. http://www.arthritis.org/media/newsroom/Arthritis_Prevalence_Fact_Sheet_5-31-11.pdf

-Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis in Women. http://www.arthritis.org/women.php