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Arthritis affects 52.5 million US adults, more than 1 of 5. It is a leading cause of disability in the United States and one of the most common chronic conditions in the nation. Arthritis is a common cause of chronic pain.  For the latest on how the nation is addressing chronic pain, see the National Pain Strategy and the Institute of Medicine Report: Relieving Pain in America.


General information about arthritis.

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Programs proven to improve quality of life for people with arthritis.

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Data & Statistics

Facts and figures about arthritis in the United States.

Data and Statistics


Funded Programs

CDC-funded programs in health departments, and information for program coordinators.

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Featured Items

an image of two ladies walking outdoorsTake a Walk Podcast

Arthritis is among the most common chronic condition in the United States, affecting more than 52 million adults. This podcast discusses the importance of exercise for those diagnosed with arthritis. 

image of a veteranArthritis Among Veterans

A new CDC study using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for years 2011-2013 found that arthritis is very common among veterans.

a group of older women exercisingArthritis Increases Chance of Falls

Adults with arthritis are more likely to fall and suffer a fall injury than adults without arthritis. Falls are preventable. Learn more about fall injuries and reducing your risk of falling.

two people riding a bikeControlling Arthritis Podcast

Arthritis affects more than one in five adults and is the most common cause of disability in the U.S. It occurs often in people with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as those who are obese. This podcast discusses arthritis symptoms and how to control the condition.