Arthritis is very common. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), Arthritis is the leading cause of work disability. With the aging of the U.S. population, the prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis is expected to increase in the coming decades. By the year 2030, an estimated 67 million (25% of the projected total adult population) adults aged 18 years and older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, compared with the 42.7 million adults in 2002. Two-thirds of those with arthritis will be women. The impact of arthritis on individuals is significant. Almost 38% (16 million) of the 42.7 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report limitations in their usual activities due to their arthritis. (1) In addition to activity limitations, 31% (8.2 million) of working age adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis report being limited in work activities due to arthritis.

Good question let's explore that a little bit. The human skeleton consists of 206 bones. We are actually born with more bones (about 300), but many fuse together as we grow up. These bones support your body and allow you to move. Along with muscles and joints, bones are responsible for you being able to move. You also need joints which provide flexible connections between these bones. Some, such as those in your knees, work like door hinges, enabling you to move back and forth. Still other joints, like the shoulder, enable you to move your arms 360 degrees. In healthy individuals, spacing, cartilage pads, joint capsules and discs between the bones keep them from grinding together and wearing down at the joint site. When this spacing deteriorates, the joints become inflamed and are bone to bone in many cases causing an increase in the incidence of pain. Males and females, young and old can be affected, although medical statistics reveal that the typical arthritis sufferer is overweight, between 65 and 74, and female. Heredity can also play a role. Be sure and thank mom and dad for that! Another cause for arthritis is over use of a joint such as in tennis players, dancers, carpenters swinging a hammer, office workers and many other individuals who repetitively strain joints. Injuries sustained from motor vehicle accidents, sports and the like increase the odds of developing arthritis. So the answer to your second question is, you may have inherited a pre-disposition for arthritis and if you have over-used or injured your joints you have more than likely contributed to the on-set of arthritis. One thing to note is that even if you are more likely to have arthritis because of family history, there are health and lifestyle choices you can make that affect your quality of life.

Sometimes, it may be difficult to determine whether or not you have arthritis. You should determine if the pain, stiffness and/or swelling of your knees, elbows, hips or other joints you experience is serious enough to warrant medical attention. For example if you develop mild pain following vigorous exercise, that could be a temporary condition relieved by relaxation and a mild, over-the-counter pain reliever. On the other hand, if your joints hurt for more than 7 days, you should see a doctor. Your doctor may need to use x-rays to determine for sure whether you have arthritis. Knowing what type of arthritis or other injury or disease you may have is an important step in treating your symptoms.

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