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Arthritis Affects Daily Living Activities


Updated May 20, 2014

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Part 1 of 10 - Ability to Walk May Be Affected by Arthritis
Arthritis Affects Daily Living Activities
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are recognized as the leading cause of disability in the United States. Of adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, 17 million, or 38%, report activity limitations attributable to arthritis.

Six million adults in the United States report that they have significant limitations when walking a quarter mile. People who live with joint pain, swelling, and damage to weightbearing joints (i.e. hips, knees, ankles, feet) caused by arthritis have mobility issues which affect their ability to work and perform common daily tasks.

Arthritis medications and other arthritis treatments can reduce symptoms which interfere with mobility. Joint replacement surgery is an option for many people with severe arthritis who have not been sufficiently helped by more conservative treatment options. People who have mobility impairments may also find adaptive equipment useful.

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