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Arthritis Takes Heavy Financial Toll and Causes Untold Human Suffering

Arthritis is a leading cause of disability in the United States and is a huge financial drain on the nation's healthcare system. One quarter of American adults have been diagnosed with arthritis and an even greater percentage may be suffering from the crippling disease, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (Thirty states were surveyed. The actual rate of arthritis was 27.6%)

Many persons experience joint pain, aching or stiffness indicating possible arthritis that has not been diagnosed. This was not included in the totals.

When you think about it, this is a huge number compared with most other diseases. The number is expected to increase even more as the "baby boomer generation" heads into retirement.

Besides the suffering and loss of function in patients with arthritis, the cost to the healthcare system is huge. The cost of arthritis and other related rheumatic diseases per year is nearly ninety billion dollars.

From this information, you can easily see that arthritis is an enormous public health problem and if in the future, these arthritis diseases can be prevented, the benefits will be enormous, not only in human terms, but financially as well.