Monday, December 31, 2007

Arthritis - Facts

Arthritis is a leading cause of disability around the world, and is believed to affect people over the age of 55. Arthritis derives its name from the Greek word, arthro which means joint, and itis, which means inflammation.

Some striking facts about arthritis:

Arthritis constitutes one of America’s leading chronic health problems in patients over fifteen-years old. In fact, One third of adults in the U.S. endure chronic joint pain or arthritis. It has been dubbed a serious public health problem that is expected to reach around 60 million suffers in the next fourteen years. It’s the second leading cause of work disability, with heart disease as the first. Arthritis and related conditions cost the American economy an excess of 124 billion dollars a year in medical costs and workman’s compensation.


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