A report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that about 23 percent of adults in the United States have some form of arthritis. 

In addition, nearly 60 percent of adults with arthritis are women, and nearly 60 percent of people with arthritis are of working age. The report offers recommendations for care of arthritis, including several aimed at healthcare providers, including:

  • Urge patients with arthritis to be physically active and to strive for a healthier weight to ease joint pain.
  • Recommend patients attend proven educational programs about managing their condition.
  • Ask patients about any depression or anxiety, and offer care, treatment, and links to services.
  • Consult the guidelines of the American College of Rheumatology or other professional organizations for treatment options, including medicines.

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