According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) arthritis affects approximately 21.6% which is about 46.4 million people in the US. Each year, arthritis affects millions of Americans in the US. It is a condition that is extremely painful and bothersome for most people. It causes the joints to deteriorate and in some cases can cause extreme deformities. There are many different types of arthritis like Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gouty Arthritis, Lupus Arthritis, Pseudoqout Arthritis, Juvenile Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, hemorrhagic Arthritis and many more. However, osteoarthritis is the most commonly seen arthritis among adults in the US. Who is affected by arthritis? Anyone can be affected by arthritis as there is no way of preventing it, but woman are higher on the scale then men are of reported doctor diagnosed arthritis cases as shown in the study done by the CDC.
Research Findings From the CDC Show Women Are Diagnosed With Arthritis More Than Men
Arthritis affects an estimated 46.4 million adults in the, of whom 61 percent (28.3 million) are women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently analyzed data to better understand the overall impact of arthritis as a public health problem and, specifically, how men and women are affected differently.
Arthritis causes disability, and women are disproportionately affected by arthritis and by the related disability. As stated in the article’s introduction, “Because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state-based arthritis programs strive to prevent limitations, morbidity, mortality, and disabilities among those with arthritis, reviewing the arthritis burden and impact on women compared with men will aid in increasing awareness of the problems associated with arthritis.”
Answers from various national and state-wide health surveys were interpreted, analyzed and summarized. These surveys include the National Health Interview Survey, Arthritis Conditions Health Effects Survey, Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System, National Hospital Discharge Survey, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
The CDC epidemiologists determined that 21.6 percent (46.4 million) of US adults report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The age-adjusted prevalence in women is significantly higher than in men (24.4 percent versus 18.1 percent). Approximately 1 million hospitalizations occurred in 2003 for which arthritis was the primary diagnosis. Nearly 60 percent of these were for women. Furthermore, an estimated 43 million visits to physicians’ offices and outpatient clinics were made in one year with arthritis as the primary diagnosis. Women accounted for 64 percent of those visits.
Medical expenditures and earnings losses attributable to arthritis totaled $128 billion in 2003. The average annual cost per person was higher for men than women ($2206 versus $1454). However, these cost estimates do not reflect unpaid work (such as housework, child care, etc.), the bulk of which has traditionally been performed by women.
Of people with a disability, 22.4 percent of women and 11 percent of men identify arthritis or rheumatism as the main cause of their disability. More than 10 percent of adult women in the U.S., as compared with 7 percent of men, report activity limitation due to arthritis. Among adults with arthritis, 39 percent of women and 36.6 percent of men report activity limitation due to their arthritis. Among adults with arthritis, about 33 percent of women and about 23 percent of men report frequent anxiety or depression.
According to the study authors, untreated or inadequately managed arthritis can limit physical function, the ability to engage in life activities, to work and to manage other chronic conditions. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for a person with arthritis symptoms. The authors go on to state, “For those with arthritis, quality of life can be improved and pain and disability decreased and delayed through participation in arthritis self-management, appropriate physical activity, and weight management.”
Source: Arthritis Foundation
There Are Options to Help Cope With the Daily Pain Of Arthritis
Being diagnosed with arthritis doesn’t have to be a lifelong battle with pain. There are steps you can take to help alleviate or even prolong the long term affects. At BASIC Spine we treat all different types of arthritis in both men and women on a daily basis. This condition can be very debilitating for people and can render you temporarily or permanently disabled if left untreated. It is best to visit your local specialist to see what your treatment options are. We can help give you the tools you need to cope with your painful condition, whether it is with pain management, physical therapy or even non-surgical and surgical procedures. Contact us today 855-33-BASIC!