About 53 million U.S. adults have arthritis. However, the number of men and women with arthritis is growing and expected to reach more than 78 million in 2040, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.
CDC estimates the number of men and women with arthritis will increase almost 49% to more than 78 million in 2040. About half of those with arthritis are working-age adults age 18-64. An estimated 34 million adults will be limited in their usual activities because of their arthritis in 2040, an increase of 52%.
As the number of people with arthritis increases, their need for special medical care will grow as well. Providers who are experts in arthritis may be harder to find and expensive. In addition, programs like Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare will also be impacted by the growing number of patients with arthritis.
For more info, see Hootman et al. (2016). Updated projected prevalence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitations among US adults, 2015-2040. Arthritis & Rheumatology, 68(7), 1582-1587. doi:10.1002/art.39692.