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Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States, limiting the activities of nearly 21 million adults. The CDC Arthritis Program is working to improve the quality of life for people affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by working with states and other partners to increase awareness about appropriate arthritis self management activities and expanding the reach of programs proven to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis. See Arthritis Spotlights on Science >>

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Arthritis Spotlights

Picture of blue skyOne-Third of US Adults with Arthritis have Anxiety or Depression. Findings from a newly released CDC report indicate that one third of US adults with arthritis 45 years and older have either anxiety or depression. Read more.

Picture of chairArthritis Contributes to Physical Inactivity. No leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is much higher among adults with arthritis than those without arthritis. Read more.

Screenshot of Arthritis Pain Reliever VideoArthritis Pain Reliever. The Arthritis Pain Reliever video was created to help people with arthritis learn safe, appropriate exercise to relieve arthritis symptoms. Read more. Watch the video.

Picture of a housePhysical environment and chronic conditions restrict community participation in older adults. Millions of older adults with chronic conditions, especially arthritis, experience community participation restriction due to modifiable environmental characteristics.

Picture of bookASMP/CDSMP Meta-Analysis Report Released. Meta-analyses were conducted to examine the specific effects of two self-management education programs developed at Stanford University, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP). Read the executive summary [PDF - 1.19MB].

OA Spotlight IconOsteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance. The Osteoarthritis (OA) Action Alliance is a national coalition of concerned organizations mobilized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Person watching television on couchArthritis as a Potential Barrier to Physical Activity Among Obese. CDC study shows that obese adults with arthritis were 44% more likely to be physically inactive compared with obese adults without arthritis.

Feet on a scaleObesity Trends in Adults with Arthritis. This report assesses changes in obesity prevalence among adults with arthritis from 2003 to 2009. 

Doctor and patientMonitoring Healthy People Arthritis Management Objectives. A new CDC study indicates a need to focus on the barriers preventing 1) adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis from receiving arthritis education and 2) clinicians from counseling adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis on physical activity. 

Hispanic spotlight thumbnailCDC Reports 3.1 Million Hispanics Have Arthritis. An estimated 3.1 million Hispanics have arthritis. Pain and activity limitations are more common among Hispanics with arthritis than among whites. 

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