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Prevalence Statistics for Types of Arthritis

Prevalence Statistics for Types of Arthritis

The information below shows a list of types of Arthritis, with information as to the prevalence of each of these types. Estimates of the people affected are calculated based on the available statistic.

Disease Prevalence Estimate US people estimate Statistic Used for Calculation
Arthritis (overall) approx 1 in 7 or 13.60% or 37 million people in USA 37,000,000 37 million Americans (NIAMS)
Osteoarthritis approx 1 in 13 or 7.35% or 20 million people in USA 19,999,999 20 million people (NIAMS); more than 16 million people (NWHIC)
Rheumatoid arthritis approx 1 in 108 or 0.92% or 2.5 million people in USA 2,499,999 2.5 million Americans (NWHIC); 1% of US population (NIAMS)
Psoriatic arthritis N/A N/A No information
Infectious arthritis N/A N/A No information
gonococcal arthritis N/A N/A No information
parvovirus arthritis N/A N/A No information
Reactive arthritis N/A N/A No information
Reiter’s syndrome N/A N/A No information
Gout approx 1 in 363 or 0.28% or 748,000 people in USA 748,000 275 per 100,000 people (NIAMS)

Prevalence Statistics for Arthritis

Prevalance of Arthritis:

37 million Americans (NIAMS)


Prevalance Rate:

approx 1 in 7 or 13.60% or 37 million people in USA [about data]


Prevalance of Arthritis:

An estimated 40 million people in the United States have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. By the year 2020, this number is expected to reach 59 million. Rheumatic diseases are the leading cause of disability among adults age 65 and older. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases: NIAMS)

Prevelance statistics about Arthritis:

The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Arthritis:

  • 245 per 1000 (NHIS95)
  • 43 million people with arthritis in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • 1 in 6 people in the US have arthritis (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • More than 26.4 million women have arthritis in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • At least 40 million people in the US (American Medical Women’s Association)
  • Estimated 60 million expected cases in the US 2020 (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • Estimated 36 million expected cases in women in the US 2020 (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC)
  • 42.7 million noninstitutionalised adults had arthritic symptoms in the US 2002 (Summary Health Statistics for US Adults, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 20.8% of noninstitutionalised adults had arthritic symptoms in the US 2002 (Summary Health Statistics for US Adults, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 47,700 home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 3.5% of home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 2000 (National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 186,700 nursing home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 1999 (National Nursing Home Survey, 1999 Summary, NCHS, CDC)
  • 11.5% of nursing home care patients had osteoarthritis and allied disorders in the US 1999 (National Nursing Home Survey, 1999 Summary, NCHS, CDC)
  • Arthritis statistics for Australia:
    • 2,576,000 people self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 1,042,000 men self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 1,535,000 women self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 13.9% of population self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 11.7% of male population self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 15.8% of female population self-reported having arthritis in Australia 2001 (ABS 2001 National Health Survey, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

Types of Arthritis

For more information about types of Arthritis, refer to our section on types of Arthritis.

About prevalence:

The medical term 'prevalence' of Arthritis usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Arthritis at any given time, whereas the annual diagnosis rate of new cases of Arthritis is called the 'incidence'. For more information on prevalence and incidence statistics, see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

 

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