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May is National Arthritis Month

Arthritis is very common, but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. So knowing who can be affected and how to seek help is the first step:

Arthritis Disability

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S.

Arthritis Prevalence

· By conservative estimates, about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

· Almost 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.

· The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans.

· Number of people expected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2040: more than 78 million.

Who Gets Arthritis

Doctor-diagnosed arthritis is more common in women (26 percent) than in men (18 percent). In some types, such as rheumatoid arthritis, women far outnumber men.

Diagnosis/ Treatment

Primary care providers are usually the first stop for joint problems. Someone who has been searching for answers for a while may choose to see a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating arthritis and rheumatic conditions,

If you or someone you know are seeking a diagnosis or follow up care with a rheumatologist contact 888-227-3762 to schedule an appointment.

For more information visit www.arthritis.org