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Arthritis in Rural America

Updated November 8, 2023

CDC research finds that one-third of adults in the most rural areas in the United States have arthritis, which includes more than 100 conditions that affect the joints, tissues around the joint, and other connective tissues. Specific symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but usually include joint pain and stiffness. More than one-half of adults with arthritis are limited in their everyday activities by the condition.

Arthritis has a profound economic, societal and personal impact. Medical care costs and earnings losses among adults with arthritis were over $303 billion in 2013. Medical care costs include prescriptions. In 2013, US adults with arthritis comprised more than half (53%) of all US adults taking prescribed opioids.

Over 1 in 3 adults in rural areas have Arthritis