Arthritis has a significant impact on quality of life for those with the condition -- and for their families. Not only does the disease cause painful symptoms, it can also limit people's ability to care for themselves and participate fully in their home and community.
The term arthritis is used to describe more than 100 conditions that affect the joints and tissues, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and gout. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and the most common cause of disability.
As the population ages, the number of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis and limitations in activity is likely to grow steadily through 2030. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have arthritis compared to those who are normal weight or underweight.
Contrary to national statistics, in Vermont arthritis is more common among racial and ethnic minorities (31%) than among white non-Hispanics (25%).
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