Arthritis Help for Veterans

Veterans can learn effective, drug-free ways to ease arthritis pain and improve their quality of life with physical activity programs and self-management education workshops.

Over one in three veterans (or 35%) have arthritis, making it a common condition among those who served in the US military.

Physically active male and female veteran couple raise American flag as they hold hands and jog in an open field.

There are a variety of resources for veterans with arthritis to help them live healthier and happier lives.

Arthritis is more common among veterans than nonveterans overall, and is a leading cause of work and physical disability. Though arthritis affects veterans more, about 1 in 4 (or 23.7%) of all US adults has arthritis.

Among veterans, arthritis is more widespread in older adults, men, and those who are significantly overweight.

Traumatic and overuse injuries, which commonly occur during active duty, are reasons veterans may develop arthritis. Fortunately, there are low-cost or free physical activity programs and educational workshops that can help veterans feel better.

Lifestyle Management Programs

There are several proven programs to help veterans and other adults with arthritis be healthier and live with less pain. Some of these programs offer at-home and self-directed options in addition to their regularly scheduled in-person classes.

Veterans can:

  • Participate in physical activity classes that can teach them how to feel their best. These classes have been shown to safely reduce pain and disability related to arthritis and improve movement and mood.
  • Join self-management education workshops designed to teach people with arthritis and other chronic conditions how to control their symptoms and to develop more confidence in managing health problems that affect their lives. Classes are led by people who have experience living with arthritis or other chronic conditions.

Visit Physical Activity for Arthritis to learn more about the benefits of physical activity for arthritis.