To improve lives through leadership in the prevention,
control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
A world free from arthritis pain.
Fifty million people is unacceptable!
National Statistics (CDC)
# people with doctor diagnosed arthritis: 50 million
# people projected to have arthritis by 2030: 67 million
# people with Osteoarthritis: 27 million
# people with Rheumatoid Arthritis: 1.3 million
# people with Juvenile Arthritis: Over 300,000
# types of arthritis More than 100
Cost of arthritis to US economy/year: $128B
(direct & indirect costs)
# people with arthritis under age 65 2/3
Incidence of arthritis in women vs. men 3 to 1
Cause of work disability #2
Cause of industrial absenteeism #1
MidAtlantic Region Statistics
# people with doctor diagnosed arthritis Over 5.7 million
# children with juvenile arthritis 26,400
# people with doctor diagnosed arthritis 169,000
# children with juvenile arthritis 800