According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. With 1 in every 5 adults, and 300,000 children impacted by arthritis, there is also a high likelihood that many struggling with arthritis are also dealing with one or more other chronic conditions. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis alone cost more than $156 billion a year in direct and indirect expenses.
Like most chronic conditions, some forms of arthritis can be prevented, but also better managed in order to deter further damage and alleviate symptoms. Healthy lifestyle choices like exercise and a balanced diet can help maintain strength and protect joints. Additionally, taking medicines as directed and prioritizing regular visits to your health care provider can help to address and reduce symptoms. Arthritis causes work limitations for 40 percent of the people with the disease and limits the daily activities of 21 million Americans, these limitations can be avoided with the right treatment.