Our Mission

The Arthritis Foundation is the nation's largest nonprofit organization providing numerous resources to help control arthritis. Our mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis. Our efforts are centered on research, public policy, public health and a wide range of servces to help people stay active and be healthy. We believe the heavy burdens of arthritis -- the excessive pain, disability, cost and impact on individuals and families -- are unacceptable. Today,

  • One in five American adults has doctor-diagnosed arthritis
  • 300,000 children and teens suffer from arthritis and its devastating impact
  • Two-thirds of people who have arthritis are under age 65, and women and minorities are disproportionately affected.
  • Every year, arthritis results in more than 40 million outpatient visits, 1 million hospitalizations and 9,000 deaths.
  • Arthritis costs $128 billion annually in medical care and indirect expenses like lost wages and productivity
  • Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
  • About half of those who have arthritis report significant limitations to daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming and cooking.
  • At today's rate, 67 million (one in four) will have arthritis by the year 2030.
  • There is a severe shortage of doctors who specialize in treating juvenile arthritis (fewer than 200 today)

We advocate on behalf of those with the disease as we support research to find a cure. Our main focus is on osteoarthritis (27 million Americans), rheumatoid arthritis (1.3 million Americans) and juvenile arthritis (300,000 children and teens).

Please join us in the fight to control and eventually eliminate arthritis. 


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