Arthritis in Perspective: 11 Stunning Statistics

May 16, 2014

#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.

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#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.

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#5. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States

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#7. Today arthritis strikes 50 million Americans (one in every five adults).

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#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.

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#11. Annually, arthritis results in:

  • 44 million outpatient visits
  • 992,100 hospitalizations
  • 9,367 deaths
  • 21 million people with activity limitations

 

SOURCE:
http://www.arthritis.org

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