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Arthritis affects 52.5 million U.S. adults, more than 1 in 5. It is the nation’s most common cause of disability. Learn more about arthritis, the proven ways to manage it and the resources available to public health professionals.

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Arthritis Spotlights

image of a journal1 in 5 U.S. adults have arthritis. 1 in 5 U.S. adults had arthritis in 2010-2012, an increase from 2007-2009. Read more

3 women walkingRecommended levels of physical activity are safe and provide many health benefits. A new CDC study shows that two and a half hours of physical activity per week does not increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis among middle-aged and older adults. Read more.

vector image for a group in a circle1 in 9 adults with arthritis report social life limitations. 1 in 9 adults with arthritis report being limited in social participation activities like shopping, going to movies, visiting friends, or going to meetings. Read more.

Picture of blue sky1 in 3 U.S. adults with arthritis have anxiety or depression. Anxiety is almost twice as common as depression, according to a new study. Read more.

Picture of chairArthritis can make it more difficult to be physically active. More adults with arthritis are physically inactive than adults without arthritis. Read more.

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