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The Body (And Heart) Aches of Arthritis

Society often attributes “arthritis” as an age-related condition, partly due to geriatrics’ susceptibility of innumerable health concerns and afflictions. While age plays a role in certain forms of this condition, there are several other variants that contribute to the presence of arthritis.

>> Arthritis has become a life-altering epidemic. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the number of adults living with arthritis increases at a rate of one million people per year.

In the US alone, 50 million adults currently suffer from arthritis, up 4 million from just four years ago.

CDC estimates that in 2030, 67 million adults will be living with arthritis.

What is “Arthritis?”
Arthritis is a common condition that causes chronic pain and inflammation within a joint. Symptoms include:

•inflammation of/surrounding the joints
•reduced movement of the joints
•skin warmth/redness over the affected joint
•muscle wasting and weakness

>> In the US, arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability. Those living with arthritis often struggle with

•lack of treatment options
•pain management medications.
•mobility
•quality of life

>> 42% of arthritic sufferers admit to it limiting their activities due to joint pain.

Arthritis Statistics

The following are 2012 statistics offered by the Center of Disease Control. The results encompass both arthritis sufferers and arthritis-related conditions:
In the US:
•50 million >> some form of arthritis
•27 million >> osteoarthritis
•1.5 million >> rheumatoid arthritis
•3 million >> gout
•5 million >> fibromyalgia
•9,367 million >> arthritic-related deaths
•$86.2 billion >> arthritic-related medical expenditures

Arthritis Demographics Statistics (US) – CDC, 2012

25.9% of females have arthritis
vs.
18.3% of males with arthritis

>> the following figures represent doctor-diagnosed cases of arthritis <<
•2.9 million Hispanic adults
•4.6 million Black adults
•667,000 Asian/Pacific Islander adults

Weight Related Arthritis Statistics-%

under/normal weight adults 16.4 %

overweight adults 21.4 %

obese adults 31.1 %

Furthermore, 44% of surveyed adults with arthritis did not engage in leisure time or physical activities.

Activity Limitations-%
(based on cases of physician-diagnosed arthritis)

•42% of adults reported activity limitations
•5% of adults reported work limitations
•6.6 % of adults reported severe psychological distress

>> The following 2011 statistics highlight the number of joint-replacement procedures performed in the US, all attributed to arthritis:

•454,652 knee replacements
•232,857 hip replacements
•41,934 shoulder replacements
•12,055 various joint replacements

5 Arthritis Misconceptions:
1.Elderly are the only affected.
Arthritis all ages can be affected these include:
•children
•young adults
•middle-aged people

>> There are over one hundred kinds of arthritis and rheumatic-conditions that span all age demographics. The elderly are inclined to have osteoarthritis, a degenerative form of arthritis due to progressive aging. <<

2. Induced by Cold Climates
Arthritis occurs when joint cartilage has worn away, resulting in bone-to-bone contact. The pain would occur, even without a pending nor’easter. While there is no cure, warmth from hot showers/towels may alleviate minor aches and pains. Though these are temporary remedies, the pain is likely to return once the heat subsides.

3. Curable
There is no scientific evidence that suggests a cure for arthritis. There has yet to be one solid prognosis, due to the various forms of this condition.

4. Triggered by Certain Foods
There are no definitive foods that directly cause arthritis. However, poor food choices over an extended period of time can lead to obesity, which increases the likelihood of arthritis in the future.

30% of people who are obese have arthritis vs. 17% at a normal weight.

Obese people are 2x as likely to develop knee arthritis than people of an average weight.

As obesity rates increase, so does the risk of the early onset of arthritis/chronic pain. Excess weight is attributed to the wear-and-tear of joint cartilage, exacerbating the likelihood of arthritis for the younger population.

5. Exaggerated Pain
Arthritis can give way to the following changes in the body, causing widespread, often times excruciating, pain and mobility issues:

•various forms of arthritis
•joint pain/destruction
•limited range of motion
•deformities
•inflammation
•chronic pain
•fibromyalgia
•chronic fatigue
•gout
•unspecified health problems

The Body (And Heart) Aches of Arthritis

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