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How Common is Arthritis?

The word arthritis comes from Greek:
arthros- = joint and -itis = inflammation. So, arthritis really means inflammation of the joint.

However, arthritis is not a single condition. There are well over 150 kinds of arthritis, all of which affect one or more joints in the body, and some of these forms of arthritis do not involve any inflammation.

Arthritis is a very common health condition. It affects 3.4 million Australians, 16.7% of the population. Of the proportion of Australians affected, 60.4% are women. 60% of all people living with arthritis are of working age.

If current trends continue in Australia, one in five people - around 4.6 million people- will be living with arthritis in 2020. The prevalence of arthritis is rapidly approaching that of cardiovascular disease

Number of Americans with arthritis or chronic joint symptoms:

  • 1985 - 35 million
  • 1990 - 37.9 million
  • 1998 - nearly 43 million (1 in 6 people)
  • 2006- 46 million (nearly 1 in 5 adults)
  • Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and the nation's leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15.
  • Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability.
  • Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing for more than 7 million Americans.
  • Arthritis results in 39 million physician visits and more than a half million hospitalizations.
  • Costs to the U.S. economy totals $128 billion annually.
  • Arthritis affects people in all age groups including nearly 300,000 children.
  • 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 arthritis:

  • Women - 24.3 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis
  • Men - 17.1 million of the people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis

Daily Living for People with Arthritis.

If you suffer from arthritis, you may need tools to help you with your daily living such mobility aids and bath safety tool since, according to the National Safety Council, slip and fall accident is the No. 2 killer in the US (2nd to auto accidents). About 25,000,000 slip and fall accidents happens each year causing 25,000 victims hospitalized every day and 100,000 permanent disabilities each year.

Once this happens, 65% of all man days are lost due to unexpected slip and falls. As a result, each occurrence will cause 5-10% increase in insurance rates and average camp. and medical cost of $7000.

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