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arthritis patients have more difficulty with physical functioning than the general population

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arthritis patients have higher levels of fatigue than the general population

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arthritis patients report that pain interferes with their ability to participate in social activities

Extreme Pain in Real Life

Chronic arthritis pain can’t be ignored. It is an intense and constant presence that impairs physical function, disturbs sleep and causes debilitating fatigue. Compounding the pain and disability are the hardships, isolation and marginalization people with arthritis often face.

Those stark realities are reflected in our How It Hurts report, which highlights latest findings in the Arthritis Foundation’s ongoing Live Yes! INSIGHTS study. Nearly 40,000 patient surveys have been tabulated since 2018, making this initiative one of the largest collections of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data from adults living with arthritis in the U.S.


The accrued data, first summarized in our Mandate for Action report in early 2020 and now updated, sheds even more light on patient experiences and how even more painful and difficult life became due to COVID-19.

People with arthritis are helping everyone see more clearly and holistically what they encounter day after day. They’re helping us better understand how pervasive pain really is and its impact on every aspect of life and overall well-being.

Consequently, the Arthritis Foundation has made pain our major focus. This is our fight to win together. 

The Impact of Arthritis Pain
Pain is the major challenge people with arthritis face. It disrupts daily lives and social participation and affects every aspect of life. Findings from the INSIGHTS study, summarized in the How It Hurts report, are guiding our work in scientific research, advocacy and educational programs that connect the arthritis community.

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 We have more to share on how we address these findings and work to improve the quality of life for arthritis patients. Sign up to hear the latest from the Arthritis Foundation.
Pain Limits Our Abilities
Arthritis Makes Normal Activities More Difficult

Pain Limits Our Abilities

Our Live Yes! INSIGHTS study has shown that arthritis pain causes moderate to severe impairment of physical functioning, including daily living activities, such as doing chores, walking or going up and down stairs. We developed Vim to help people with chronic pain lead more productive lives.

“My arthritis pain got worse as the days and weeks went by. It was the disease progressing since I was 16, which was 67 years ago.”

Valmoore in New Hampshire with OA, RA & fibro
Arthritis Affects Sleep and Causes Exhaustion

Pain Limits Our Well-being

The study also has shown that arthritis pain triggers additional repercussions that affect the well-being of patients, including sleep deprivation and chronic fatigue. Using Vim can help you manage that pain and improve your overall wellbeing.

Pain Limits Our Well-being

“My sleep quality has been uneven over the past year. I have difficulty falling asleep.
I feel out of sorts much of the time because I feel trapped at home.”

Jonathan in Washington with OA & AxSpa
Pain Interferes in Our Lives
Arthritis Impairs Ability to Socialize Regularly

Pain Interferes in Our Lives

People living with arthritis pain face many challenges that keep them from doing things they need to do and activities they want to do with families and friends.

“I have trouble doing all the leisure and social activities with family and friends that I wanted to do.
There’s been terrible pain, no way to meet with people and loneliness.”

Esfir in California with OA & gout

How It Hurts Report

Pain is the major challenge that people with arthritis face. This report sheds light on what arthritis patients face, from impaired physical function to feelings of isolation and loneliness

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While there may be things you can’t do, sharing your experiences regularly is something you CAN DO to improve lives today and change the future of arthritis.

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Last Year’s Report

Our first report in early 2020 highlighted findings since 2018 and next steps. Look back, then look ahead to the latest report that’s guiding updated action plans.

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Get the Report & Weigh In

The How It Hurts report sheds more light on real-life experiences with arthritis. Let your voice be heard by participating in the survey.

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  • Donate


    Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life.

  • Volunteer


    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

  • Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Live Yes! INSIGHTS

    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

  • Partner


    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.


Ways to Give

Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20 and you'll receive access to helpful tools..... and more. 

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Gift Planning

I want information on ways to remember the AF in my will, trust or other financial planning vehicles.


Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

Become a Volunteer

More About Volunteering


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.