#1. Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
#3. Arthritis and related conditions, such as OA, cost the U.S. economy nearly$128 billion per year in medical care and indirect expenses, including lost wages and productivity.
#5. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States
#7. Today arthritis strikes 50 million Americans (one in every five adults).
#9. Of the 50 million with arthritis, more than 36 million are Caucasians, more than 4.6 million are African-Americans and 2.9 million are Hispanics.
#11. Annually, arthritis results in:
- 44 million outpatient visits
- 992,100 hospitalizations
- 9,367 deaths
- 21 million people with activity limitations