Arthritis

Definition: Percent of adults told by a doctor or other health professional that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia.

Importance
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. Arthritis commonly occurs with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Interventions to treat the pain and reduce the functional limitations from arthritis are important, and may also enable people with these other chronic conditions to be more physically active.

Where We Are
In 2013, 15.1% of adults in Douglas County reported they have some form of arthritis. The percent in Douglas County was lower than the State of Kansas and the U.S. in 2013.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013: Women were more likely than men to report having some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Not available. 

Additional Information
Many factors determine the pain, function, and quality of life of those with arthritis. Greater physical activity can reduce pain and improve function. Self-management education can achieve similar positive outcomes by teaching people skills and techniques to deal with the day-to-day issues that result from arthritis. Weight loss among those who are overweight or obese also helps reduce symptoms of arthritis.
Arthritis Trend Analysis
Arthritis Disparity Analysis