Osteoarthritis: A Troubling Picture

Osteoarthritis is just one of the many forms of arthritis, and more than half of the 50 million people with arthritis have OA. Here are some quick facts that capture the scope, impact and burden of OA and arthritis, in general.


  1. Arthritis Foundation: A Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis 2010.
  2. U.S. Department of Commerce. Facts for features – January 3, 2006 http://www.census.gov.
  3. Murphy L, Schwartz TA, Helmick CG, Renner JB, Tudor G, Koch G, et al. Lifetime risk of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2008:59(9):1207-1213.
  4. Cisternas MG, Murphy L, Croft JB, Helmick CG. Racial disparities in total knee replacement among Medicare enrollees–United States 2000-2006. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2009;58(6):133-138.
  5. Theis KA, Hootman JM, Helmick CG, Yelin E. Prevalence and correlates of arthritis-attributable work limitation in the US population among persons ages 18-64: 2002 National Health Interview Survey Data. Arthritis Care & Research 2007;57(3):355-363.
  6. United States Bone and Joint Decade. The burden of musculoskeletal diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.
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