The earliest traces of arthritis date back to prehistoric times, detected in the fossils of dinosaurs. The first signs of arthritis in humans were found in the skeletal remains of Native Americans, going back as far as 4500 BC. Ever since, this insidious disease has fanned out across the world. Some estimates put the number of those affected globally at approximately 350 million. Continue reading An Ancient Disease That Needs More Visibility
The Arthritis Foundation is bringing arthritis out of the shadows of isolation and misinformation through an unprecedented cause campaign about the disease’s far-reaching impact. It’s time to take arthritis seriously. The public needs to understand that arthritis is a lot more serious than many think. Continue reading Let’s Get A Grip on Arthritis: Make Your Dedication Today
Help raise awareness about arthritis during #WorldArthritisDay! Since 1996, World Arthritis Day on October 12th has unified people of all ages, races, and genders to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). On this day, we strive to raise awareness and share information and support with RMD patients and their caregivers. This year’s theme, “Don’t Delay, Connect Today,” initiated by EULAR, aims to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of RMDs. Together, we can work together towards earlier diagnosis and timely access to care!
As the Champion of Yes, the Arthritis Foundation moves forward every day in ways to improve access to care, providing new information and supporting scientific advancements to find a cure. We strive to provide many ways for those with arthritis and their loved ones with ways to keep saying Yes to life – including valuable tools and resources, such as toolkits you can access on the go, a 24/7 helpline, and access to local resources that will help you conquer everyday challenges.
More than 50 million Americans have arthritis – that’s one in four people. It’s currently the nation’s number one cause of disability.
But this month—with your help— we’re fighting back with the #FightFor50 campaign! To participate, we are asking that you share your story — tell us about your personal fight with arthritis, or tell us about a person you are fighting for, whether it’s parent, grandparent, sibling, partner or a friend.
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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and this month, we’re asking you to join us in our fight for the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis.
Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the country. This means that 1 in every 4 adults, more than 300,000 children and countless families and loved ones are affected by arthritis. So how can you help?
Continue reading Help Us Fight for 50 During Arthritis Awareness Month!
Today is World Arthritis Day! As the Champion of Yes, we’re committed to leading the fight for the arthritis community – a community that is over 50 million strong in the US alone, including nearly 300,000 children and babies. While we’re committed to helping those with arthritis through life-changing tools and information, advocacy, scientific research, and community connections, a major obstacle people in the arthritis community face is raising awareness of the seriousness of the disease. Today, we need your help! You can help raise awareness on the breadth and depth of this debilitating disease using the information below. You can also take that awareness a step further by making a donation today to help us raise critical funds to continue championing innovative arthritis research and support for people with arthritis.
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As many of you know, May is Arthritis Awareness Month and we’ve been celebrating the incredible warriors in our community through the #SeeArthritis initiative. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support our community has received so far. Ten thousand people have turned their profile pictures green to help raise awareness around arthritis, and now, we want YOU to share your arthritis story with us! Tell us what drives you to succeed every day with arthritis, how you exude the “Champion of Yes” mentality, and what you plan to pursue in the future.
Continue reading Help the World #SeeArthritis During Arthritis Awareness Month
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, and we’re on a mission to spread awareness about the seriousness of arthritis! Arthritis is a complex, widespread, and currently incurable disease. It’s also the number one cause of disability in America. Whether you’re personally affected by the disease or know someone who is, arthritis affects almost all of us.
Continue reading Take the #SeeArthritis Challenge During Arthritis Awareness Month!
Since 1996, October 12 is recognized as World Arthritis Day, a global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Established by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and managed by the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), the aim of World Arthritis Day is not only to raise awareness, but also to influence public policy and inform those living with RMDs as well as their caregivers of the support network available to them.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions accounting for more than $156 billion in lost wages and medical expenses annually with nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year. Arthritis impacts more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the U.S. and 120 million people in the European Union, making it the leading cause of disability in the western world.
Arthritis has a Global Impact
- According to EUMUSC.net, in a 2007 EU survey it was found that 22% of the population currently had, or had experienced, long-term muscle, bone and joint problems such as rheumatism and arthritis.
- The prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis varies between 0.3% and 1% and is more common in women as well as in developed countries.
- Within 10 years of onset of rheumatoid arthritis, at least 50% of patients in developed countries are unable to hold down a full-time job.
- Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder and accounts for more disability among the elderly than any other disease.
- Many factors increase the risk of developing rheumatic disease, including increasing age, smoking, excessive weight, predisposed genetic factors, occupations with high risk of injury and overuse of joints.
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure.
This year’s World Arthritis Day theme – “It’s in your hands, take action” – helps increase awareness as we take over the social media world High 5ing for World Arthritis Day. Take a stand! Join us in spreading the word with the hashtag #WADhigh5.
Together, we conquer arthritis!
May is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is a disease that impacts more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families are affected by arthritis. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand
The Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer arthritis and its effects through our advocacy efforts at the state level and on Capitol Hill, our cutting-edge scientific research, and our tools and resources that help you live your best life.
The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side. Below, you’ll find some telling statistics about the current impact of arthritis on the U.S. population, resources to help you learn more about arthritis, and additional information on how you can help and get involved.
Arthritis by the Numbers:
- Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030.
- Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.
- Arthritis is the nation’s No. 1 cause of disability.
- Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.
- 1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do or whether they can work part time or full time.
- People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis –two major kinds of arthritis – miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.
- Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.
- There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.
- 57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis.
- 52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis.
- 44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.
- 36% of adults who are obese have arthritis.
- 1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.