Do you know the risks and signs of arthritis?

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Arthritis affects 52.5 million US adults, more than 1 in 5, and it is the nation’s most common cause of disability. Arthritis may be caused by inflammation of the tissue lining the joints.

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1Arthritis is a term used to define over 100 diseases and rheumatic conditions, including gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and fibromyalgia.

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While the word arthritis is used by clinicians to specifically mean joint inflammation, it is used in public health to refer more generally to more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint, and other connective tissue. The pattern, severity and location of symptoms can vary depending on the specific form of the disease.

2In addition to joint pain, a fever and a rash or itch are two signs of arthritis.

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Most types of arthritis cause pain in your joints. Some kinds of arthritis can affect different parts of your body, so along with pain in your joints, you may have a fever, lose weight, have trouble breathing, or get a rash or itch. These symptoms may also be signs of other illnesses.

3Women are more likely to develop gout, a complex form of arthritis, than men.

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Gout occurs more often in men than in women overall, but prevalence increases with age for both, especially for women after menopause.

4Arthritis is more common among women than men.

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In the US, approximately 61% of those affected with arthritis are women.

5The risk of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis that affects joints, increases with age, so injury to a joint earlier in life will not result in osteoarthritis later.

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Osteoarthritis usually comes with age and most often affects the fingers, knees, and hips. Sometimes osteoarthritis follows an injury to a joint. For example, a young person might hurt their knee badly playing soccer. Then, years after the individual’s knee has apparently healed, they might get arthritis in their knee joint.

6Children cannot develop arthritis – it only occurs in older adults.

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The correct answer is FALSE.

There are three classifications of juvenile arthritis – juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA), and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Overall, juvenile arthritis occurs more frequently in girls than boys. Family studies also suggest an increased risk for certain genetic make-ups.

7 Symptoms of arthritis only develop gradually.

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The correct answer is FALSE.

The symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly.

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You know the risks of arthritis. If you have arthritis or think you might be at risk, talk to your doctor. Also, visit the NIH Pain Consortium’s website for more information on arthritis.

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Stay informed.

You may need to brush up on your knowledge of the risk factors for arthritis and how to reduce your risk. And, if you have arthritis or think you might be at risk, talk to your doctor. Also, visit the NIH Pain Consortium’s website for more information on arthritis.

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Time to get smart about arthritis risks.

You should brush up on your knowledge of the risk factors for arthritis and how to reduce your risk. And, if you have arthritis or think you might be at risk, talk to your doctor. Also, visit the NIH Pain Consortium’s website for more information on arthritis.

Share this quiz with your family and friends to make sure they also know arthritis risk factors and what they can do to lower their risk.