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Diseases » Arthritis » Summary
 

What is Arthritis?

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term for more than 100 diseases that cause inflammation, pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints.

Common ...more »

  • Arthritis: General name for any type of joint inflammation, but often means age-related osteoarthritis.
  • Arthritis: Pain in the joint.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Arthritis: inflammation of a joint or joints.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Arthritis: Introduction

Types of Arthritis:

Types of Arthritis:

Broader types of Arthritis:

How many people get Arthritis?

Prevalance of Arthritis: 37 million Americans (NIAMS)
Prevalance Rate of Arthritis: 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)

Who gets Arthritis?

Gender Profile for Arthritis: Women 60%.

How serious is Arthritis?

Complications of Arthritis: see complications of Arthritis

What causes Arthritis?

Causes of Arthritis: see causes of Arthritis
Risk factors for Arthritis: see risk factors for Arthritis

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

Symptoms of Arthritis: see symptoms of Arthritis

Complications of Arthritis: see complications of Arthritis

Arthritis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Arthritis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Arthritis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Arthritis: General practitioner, Primary care physician, Rheumatologist, Orthopedic surgeon, Cardiologist, Pulmonologist, Nephrologist, Ophthalmologist, Infectious disease specialist, Immunologist, Endocrinologist, Pediatrician, Pediatric surgeon, General surgeon, Podiatrist, Geriatrician, Anaesthetist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Arthritis.
Treatments for Arthritis: see treatments for Arthritis
Alternative treatments for Arthritis: see alternative treatments for Arthritis
Research for Arthritis: see research for Arthritis

Society issues for Arthritis

Costs of Arthritis: $15.2 billion annually
Costs of Arthritis: Recent estimates place the direct medical cost of arthritis at $15.2 billion per year, with total costs of medical care and lost wages exceeding $64 billion. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Arthritis: CDC-OC)

Cost statistics for Arthritis: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Arthritis:

  • $65 billion each year in the US (The National Womenís Health Information Center, CDC)
  • Total costs of medical care and lost wages exceeding $64 billion (CDC Media Relations Facts About Arthritis: CDC-OC)
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Hospitalizations for Arthritis: 750,000 hospitalizations annually USA (CDC)

Hospitalization statistics for Arthritis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Arthritis:
  • 0.05% (6,633) of hospital consultant episodes were for seropositive rheumatoid arthritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for seropositive rheumatoid arthritis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 27% of hospital consultant episodes for seropositive rheumatoid arthritis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 73% of hospital consultant episodes for seropositive rheumatoid arthritis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9% of hospital consultant episodes for seropositive rheumatoid arthritis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Physician office visits for Arthritis: 44 million physician visits annually USA (CDC)

Organs Affected by Arthritis:

Organs and body systems related to Arthritis include:

Name and Aliases of Arthritis

Main name of condition: Arthritis

Other names or spellings for Arthritis:

Joint effusion, Joint pain or swelling or disorder, Arthropathy, Arthralgia Source - Diseases Database

Arthritis: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Arthritis:

 

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