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

Arthritis on the Rise
About 54 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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

Arthritis Help for Veterans
Arthritis is common among veterans. Fortunately, there are low- or no-cost physical activity programs and education classes can help veterans manage arthritis and feel better.

Arthritis Awareness Month
May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis affects one in five adults in the United States. CDC has identified some self-management strategies that can help adults deal with arthritis symptoms.

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.