Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation --- United States, 2003--2005
Arthritis is highly prevalent among U.S. adults and is expected to affect approximately 67 million adults in the United States by 2030. This report updates estimates of the national prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation in the adult U.S. population. The findings indicate that during 2003--2005, approximately 46.4 million persons had doctor-diagnosed arthritis and 17.4 million had arthritis-attributable activity limitations, underscoring the need to increase availability of evidence-based arthritis prevention and management interventions. Created: 10/13/2006 by MMWR.
Date Released: 10/13/2006. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
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Do you have pain, aching, stiffness or swelling in or around your joints? Have you had these symptoms for 3 months or more? Then it's time to talk to your health care provider because these are all symptoms of arthritis.
Arthritis is one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S. In fact, over 46 million people suffer from it. Of those, 17 million people experience at least some type of limitation in their activities.
A health care provider can tell you whether you have arthritis and can help you develop a plan to manage it. The plan might include medicine to control the pain but it can also include losing weight and increasing physical activity. Moderate physical activity can reduce arthritis pain and improve your strength.
So don't wait until your daily activities become limited before you talk to a health care provider. Take control of your arthritis before it takes control of you.
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