What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease, but it is actually a broad term used for a group of more than 100 medical conditions that affect areas in or around the joints. The common thread among these 100-plus conditions is that they all affect the musculoskeletal system and specifically the joints – where two or more bones meet.

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Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis-related joint symptoms include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage and surrounding structures. Such damage can lead to joint weakness, instability and visible deformities that, depending on the location of joint involvement, can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as climbing stairs, or even walking.

Who suffers from Arthritis?

The most common form of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis (OA). OA is most prevalent in people over 60. This form of arthritis is degenerative and causes the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage, which is a substance that provides cushion between the bones of the joints. When this cartilage wears down it causes bone to rub against bone, which can cause extreme pain and discomfort.

Statistics:

  • 2006 – 46 million (nearly 1 in 5 adults)
  • Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million Americans.
  • Baby boomers are now at prime risk. More than half those affected are under age 65.
  • Half of those Americans with arthritis don’t think anything can be done to help them.
  • Arthritis refers to more than 100 different diseases that affect areas in or around joints.
  • Arthritis strikes women more often than men.Overall:
  • Women – 24.3 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis
  • Men – 17.1 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis

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