Fast Facts About Arthritis

Posted on November 3rd, 2016 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

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Arthritis is all around us, yet its impact is far greater than many people realize. Get to know arthritis by the numbers with these fast facts from Orthopaedic Specialty Group – you may be surprised.

  • There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis.

  • More than 50 million adults (1 in 5 people over age 18) have diagnosed arthritis.

  • Despite common conception, arthritis is not exclusively for the elderly. More than two-thirds of those who suffer from arthritis are under 65.

  • 300,000 babies and children have arthritis.

  • However, your risk for arthritis does increase with age. More than half of adults 65 and older suffer from the condition.

  • Arthritis is the nation’s number one cause of disability.

  • One-third of adults with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work.

  • People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (just two of the several types) miss a combined 172 million work days per year.

  • Arthritis accounts for more than $156 BILLION in lost wages and medical expenses each year.

  • Arthritis is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind. It has been discovered in the remains of people living 500,000 years ago!

  • Arthritis affects animals too.

Want to learn more about arthritis? Visit the Arthritis Foundation online at

If you suffer from arthritis, help is available from Orthopaedic Specialty Group. As southern Connecticut’s largest and most experienced orthopedic practice, our team of doctors can deliver a wide range of treatment options to alleviate your joint pain. If you live in Fairfield County, call us to schedule an appointment at (203) 337-2600.