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Figures 1a & 1b. Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation Among Adults with Arthritis, and Arthritis-Attributable Work Limitation Among Adults with Arthritis Aged 18-64 Years

Figure 1a. Percentage of adults with arthritis who also have activity limitations or work limitations.

43% of US adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report arthritis-attributable activity limitations.

31% of US adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report arthritis-attributable work limitations.

Figure 1b. Number of adults with arthritis who have activity limitations or work limitations, in millions.

22.7 million US adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report arthritis-attributable activity limitations.

8 million US adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report arthritis-attributable work limitations.

Figures 1c & 1d. Arthritis-Attributable Volunteer Limitation Among Adults ≥45 years with Arthritis who Volunteer, ACHES 2005-2006 and Arthritis is the Main Barrier to Volunteering Among Adults ≥45 years with Arthritis who do not Volunteer, ACHES 2005-2006.

41% of US adults ≥45 years with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report arthritis-attributable volunteer limitations. That is 5 million people.
27% of US adults ≥45 years with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report that arthritis is a barrier to volunteering. That is 7 million people.
NOTE: Arthritis-Attributable Volunteer Limitation = responding "yes" to "Do arthritis or joint symptoms affect the amount or type of volunteer work you do?"; Arthritis is the Main Barrier to Volunteering = responding "yes" to "Is arthritis or joint symptoms the main reason you do not do volunteer work?"

Figure 2. Specific Functional Limitations Among Adults with Arthritis

Millions of adults with arthritis report limitations in specific functional activities. Functional limitation is defined as "very difficult" or "cannot do" for the following activities.  Approximate number of adults with arthritis who report limitations in specific functional activities: grasp small objects= 3 million; reach above one's head= 4million; sit more than 2 hours= 5 million; lift or carry 10 pounds= 6 million; climb a flight of stairs= 8 million; push a heavy object= 9 million; walk a ¼ mile= 11 million; stand more than 2 hours= 14 million; stoop, bend, or kneel=   14 million.

Figure 7. Prevalence of Arthritis-Attributable Social Participation Restriction Among All US Adults

Map of the United States, showing the prevalence of arthritis-attributable social participation restriction among adults with arthritis by state: Alabama (AL) 7.7 percent; Alaska (AK) 3.1 percent; Arizona (AZ) 4.4 percent; Arkansas (AR) 7.2 percent; California (CA) 3.3 percent; Colorado (CO) 2.7 percent; Connecticut (CT) 3.1 percent; Delaware (DE) 3.9 percent; District of Columbia (DC) 3.9 percent; Florida (FL) 4.6 percent; Georgia (GA) 5.1  percent; Hawaii (HI) 2 percent; Idaho (ID) 3.9 percent; Illinois (IL) 3.3 percent; Indiana (IN) 4.8 percent; Iowa (IA) 3.1 percent; Kansas (KS) 3.5 percent; Kentucky (KY) 7.2 percent; Louisiana (LA) 6 percent; Maine (ME) 4.4 percent; Maryland (MD) 3.6 percent; Massachusetts (MA) 3.4 percent; Michigan (MI) 5.3 percent; Minnesota (MN) 2.6 percent; Mississippi (MS) 7.8 percent; Missouri (MO) 5 percent; Montana (MT) 4.1 percent; Nebraska (NE) 2.8 percent; Nevada (NV) 3.7 percent; New Hampshire (NH) 3.4 percent; New Jersey (NJ) 3.2 percent; New Mexico (NM) 4.4 percent; New York (NY) 4 percent; North Carolina (NC) 5.5 percent; North Dakota (ND) 2.9 percent; Ohio (OH) 5.2 percent; Oklahoma (OK) 6.1 percent; Oregon (OR) 4.1 percent; Pennsylvania (PA) 4.5 percent; Rhode Island (RI) 3.6 percent; South Carolina (SC) 6.3 percent; South Dakota (SD) 2.7 percent; Tennessee (TN) 7.3 percent; Texas (TX) 4 percent; Utah (UT) 2.9 percent; Vermont (VT) 3.6 percent; Virginia (VA) 4.2 percent; Washington (WA) 3.7 percent; West Virginia (WV) 8 percent; Wisconsin (WI) 3.5 percent; Wyoming (WY) 3.3 percent.

Figure 9. Proportion of US Adults with Arthritis who have Arthritis-Attributable Impacts, by Racial/Ethnic Group

Arthritis-attributable impacts vary by racial/ethnic group and are often higher in minorities. Percent of Arthritis-attributable activity limitations: white=36; Asian/Pacific Islander=38; American Indian/Alaska Native=39; Hispanic=43; Black=45; Multirace/Other=50. Percent of Arthritis-Attributable work limitations: white=29; Asian/Pacific Islander=28; American Indian/Alaska Native=38; Hispanic=40; Black=42; Multirace/Other=46.

Figure 10. Arthritis-Attributable Impacts Vary Across Hispanic Subgroups

Arthritis-attributable impacts vary by racial/ethnic group and are often higher in minorities. Percent of Arthritis-attributable activity limitations: Cuban/Cuban American=21; Dominican/Dominican American=22; Central/South American=32; Mexican=42; Mexican American=44; Other/Multiple Hispanic Subgroups=44; Puerto Rican=49. Percent of Arthritis-attributable work limitations: Cuban/Cuban American=39; Dominican/Dominican American=37; Central/South American=33; Mexican=39; Mexican American=42; Other/Multiple Hispanic Subgroups=35; Puerto Rican=39.

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