Walk to Cure Arthritis[ssba]
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event. The Foundation provides financial support to scientific research that’s moving us closer to a cure. During the event the organization will be providing information about arthritis and will have fun activities for the entire family. (Owners are encouraged to bring their dogs)
Our team is Amy and the Anti-Inflammatories and we are fundraising to find a cure for arthritis. Support us with a donation or join us at the event:
- 52.5 million – or more than 1 in 5 – American adults have some form of arthritis.
- That number is expected to increase to 67 million adults by 2030 – a full quarter of the adult population.
- Roughly 10 percent of all adults have activity limitations due to arthritis. 43.2 percent of patients with doctor-diagnosed arthritis have activity limitations.
- About 1 in 250 American children age 18 and younger have some form of arthritis. This amounts to nearly 300,000 kids.
- 26 percent of women and 19 percent of men have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor.
- The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (affecting 27 million Americans), gout (affecting 6 million Americans) and rheumatoid arthritis (affecting 1.5 million Americans).
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system disorder that causes the body to attack the membranes that line the body’s joints, resulting in inflammation and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to bone and cartilage damage in the affected joints.
- Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on joints. The cartilage can degrade to the point at which bones grind against bones in joints. Damage can accumulate over years or can be triggered by a traumatic injury.
- Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis affects half of all Americans by age 85. For obese people, the figure is close to two-thirds.
- Symptomatic hip osteoarthritis affects 1 in 4 Americans during their lifetime.
- Rheumatoid diseases such as arthritis have been the most common cause of disability in the U.S. for 15 straight years.
- Nearly a third of all arthritis patients between ages 18 and 64 report work limitations.
- In a single year, 5 million hospitalizations involved a primary or secondary diagnosis of arthritis.
- 78 million ambulatory care visits were attributed to arthritis or other rheumatoid diseases, accounting for 5 percent of all such visits.
- The estimated annual U.S. health care cost of rheumatoid arthritis totals $8.4 billion.
- Other costs (lost wages, diminished productivity and assistance costs, for example) associated with rheumatoid arthritis total $10.9 billion, meaning the disease’s total cost to society is $19.3 billion.
- CDC – Arthritis-Related Statistics
- CDC – National Statistics: NHIS Arthritis Surveillance
- Current Medical Research and Opinion – Societal Cost of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients in the U.S.
- Mayo Clinic – Arthritis Causes