When the Arthritis Foundation’s work began almost 70 years ago, the world was very different. Medical technology was in its infancy. The first MRI scans were decades away. Computers occupied entire rooms, and the Internet didn’t yet exist. Vast amounts of research data couldn’t be instantly collected, analyzed and interpreted. In 1948, 7 million people were diagnosed with arthritis. Today, that number has skyrocketed to more than 50 million, including 300,000 children – and it’s growing.
Times have changed and the Arthritis Foundation has changed with them. For nearly seven decades, we’ve been leading the way for people with arthritis and related conditions. Read about some of our recent accomplishments and see what’s taking shape for the near future.
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