June 2000 Bulletin

Survey discloses 29% respondents report joint pain

A random telephone survey of more than 32,000 people in 11 states found 9,899 or 29 percent indicated they had arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey found 7,414 or 75 percent of those people had doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

The people were asked if during the last 12 months they had pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in and around a joint; were the symptoms present on most days for at least a month; and had they been told by a doctor that they had arthritis. The people surveyed were in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are the leading cause of disability in the United States.

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