What is arthritis and how big is its prevalence

Arthritis–  a disorder of joints that cause inflammation of one or more joints. There are already more than 200 different types of arthritis discovered, the most common of them are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. All mentioned types of arthritis are somehow connected with joints and the tissue, which surrounds them.

Please keep in mind that the exact type of arthritis can be diagnosed only by a doctor and if arthritis is not being treated it can result in a serious damage of joints.


People often live with an idea that arthritis is a disease only of elder people, however, that even is not close to the truth. Arthritis can attack even children, there even is a juvenile (childhood) arthritis detected. Unfortunately, there already are thousands of children living with this disease over the world already and this number becomes larger by every year.

If we are talking about the most common type of arthritis – osteoarthritis, then in this case, we can say that this really is a disease of elder people, but this is just one of those 200 types around there.

Arthritis statistics

Unfortunately, numbers are very cruel. There are around 350 million people living with arthritis and this number is only increasing by years.

Arthritis causes

As we cannot mention all factors than can cause all those 200 different types of arthritis, let us mention some risk groups which are more likely to develop arthritis than other people:

  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Women suffer from arthritis more than men
  • Persons with joint injuries

Main arthritis symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

Arthritis treatment

The whole treatment plan should be prescribed by your doctor. It will depend on the type and also the stage of the arthritis you have.

As you probably know arthritis prevalence is growing by days. Now there are around 50 million people living with arthritis just in U.S. Unfortunately, that includes around 0,3 million of children. The forecasts of arthritis prevalence are not flattering as by the year 2030 the number of Americans having arthritis could rise even up to 67 million.

Arthritis statistics shows that one in every five adults lives with arthritis. These numbers are almost unbelievable specially for people who are not aware what really is arthritis and that it can affect even children. Often people think that arthritis relates only to elder people and if they are, for example, in middle age they have nothing to worry about.

However, arthritis statistics shows completely different picture as around 66% of people with arthritis are younger than 65. The prevalence of arthritis has grown so far that it already has become a leading cause of disability in the U.S.

Rheumatoid Arthritis prevalence

There are around 1.5 million Americans affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The average age of arthritis patient is 66.8 years, however, it often starts at middle-age. Women have rheumatoid arthritis for 2.5 times more than men. Unfortunately, there is a high risk of disability and mortality for people living with rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis prevalence

There are around 27 million Americans affected by osteoarthritis (OA). As data shows by osteoarthritis in the most cases is affected certain joints (hands, knees, neck, hips). No matter that women are often affected by osteoarthritis than men, specially after age of 50, it is not elder people disease.

Osteoarthritis symptoms mostly appear already after reaching age of 40. If person had some major joint injury, osteoarthritis can appear even within 10 years. The general consequences of OA is limitation of previous activities and also negative effect on the quality of life. Each year there are 0,6 million joint replacements made due osteoarthritis.

Juvenile arthritis prevalence

There are around 0,3 million children (Americans) affected by juvenile arthritis. They all are under 18 years old and are suffering from pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions.