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The face of arthritis is hard to distinguish. The disease presents in all ages, races and fitness levels.

Proceed To Article Targeting Arthritis: The Nationís Leading Cause Of Disability
Arthritis currently affects one in six Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Working together, CDC, the Arthritis Foundation, and state health departments are taking dramatic steps to help states identify the burden of arthritis in their populations and implement proven interventions to reduce disability and improve the quality of life of people with arthritis. More...

Proceed To Article Arthritis Advice - Information For Patients
Half of all people age 65 and older have arthritis. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis and many different symptoms and treatments. We do not know what causes most forms of arthritis. Some forms are better understood than others. More...

Proceed To Article Questions & Answers About Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease
This fact sheet answers basic questions about arthritis and rheumatic diseases. The National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NAMSIC) provides this and other fact sheets that supply more information about specific forms of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. NAMSIC also has information about exercise and arthritis and diet and arthritis. More...

Proceed To Article Arthritis: Timely Treatments for an Ageless Disease
"People ignore arthritis both as public and personal health problems because it doesn't kill you," says Chad Helmick, a medical epidemiologist at CDC. "But what they don't realize is that as Americans work and live longer, arthritis can affect their quality of life and eventually lead to disability." Current costs to the U.S. economy total nearly $65 billion annually--an impact equal to a moderate recession. More...

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Questions And Answers: Arthritis And Exercise
This fact sheet answers general questions about arthritis and exercise. The amount and form of exercise recommended for each individual will vary depending on which joints are involved, the amount of inflammation, how stable the joints are, and whether a joint replacement procedure has been done. A skilled physician who is knowledgeable about the medical and rehabilitation needs of people with arthritis, working with a physical therapist also familiar with the needs of people with arthritis, can design an exercise plan for each patient. More...

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