The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national nonprofit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.  Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. We’re also the largest private, nonprofit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $450 million in research grants since 1948. The Foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.
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Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. 

Facts About Arthritis

  • Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
  • Each year, people with arthritis account for 44 million outpatient visits and 992,100 hospitalizations.
  • Arthritis is actually a more frequent cause of activity limitations than heart disease, cancer or diabetes.
  • By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans will have arthritis, unless the trend is reversed.

Managing Arthritis
Because arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 conditions, disorders and diseases, there is not a simple answer, much less one correct answer, for how to prevent and/or manage arthritis. However, there are some guiding principles that you can follow.

  • Educate yourself about arthritis.
  • Be physically active
  • Protect your joints
  • Get involved

Visit the Arthritis Foundation website to learn more.


Too few people know the truth about arthritis—that it’s a widespread, costly, debilitating disease. By spreading awareness, speaking out for affordable care and funding groundbreaking research for a cure, the Arthritis Foundation is leading the fight for a better life with arthritis.