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CDC’s Arthritis Management and Wellbeing Program creates CDC Features in order to bring attention to important arthritis issues and topics.

Rheumatic Diseases and Pain
Rheumatic disease refers to arthritis and several other conditions that affect the joints, tendons, muscle, ligaments, bones, and muscles. Nearly 1 in 3 US adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, a common type of rheumatic disease, have severe joint pain. Learn more about rheumatic diseases and how to manage pain-related symptoms with CDC resources.

Arthritis on the Rise
About 59 million US adults have arthritis. However, the number of men and women with arthritis is growing and expected to reach more than 78 million in 2040.

Four Things You Should Know About Arthritis
Help raise awareness about arthritis by checking out this list of four important arthritis facts and sharing it with your friends, family and providers.

Physical Activity Helps Arthritis Pain
For many adults with arthritis, severe joint pain reduces their quality of life and limits what activities they do. Physical activity programs can help reduce arthritis pain.

The Arthritis-Mental Health Connection
Learn about the connection between arthritis and mental health and why it’s important to take care of both.

Physical Activity Counseling for Arthritis
A new study found that only 2 in 5 primary care providers regularly assess and recommend physical activity to adults with arthritis.

Arthritis Help for Veterans
Arthritis is common among veterans. Fortunately, physical activity and self-management education can help veterans manage symptoms.

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Managing Arthritis in Rural Areas
In rural areas, self-management education workshops and physical activity programs help adults with arthritis manage their pain and improve their health.

Weight Loss for Adults with Arthritis
Losing weight can ease arthritis pain. Healthcare professionals should counsel patients who weigh more than recommended on weight loss to ease arthritis pain.

Exercise to Ease Arthritis Pain
Health care providers can talk to arthritis patients about physical activity and exercise as an option to ease arthritis pain.

Living with Severe Joint Pain
Almost 15 million US adults live with severe joint pain related to arthritis. Learning self-management skills and being active can help manage severe joint pain.