Arthritis facts

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• Nearly one in five Australians has arthritis.
• Today arthritis impacts directly on more than 3.85 million people, or 18.5 per cent of the population and indirectly on their businesses, colleagues, friends and family
• There are more than 100 different types of arthritis
• It is projected by 2050 that there will be 7 million Australians with arthritis.
• It costs the economy about $23.9 billion a year. Emotionally and socially, the hidden costs of arthritis are immeasurable.
• Arthritis was declared a National Health Priority in 2002
• Arthritis is Australia’s major cause of disability and pain
• It’s wrong to think arthritis is just an inevitable part of getting older; it isn’t!
• Most people diagnosed with arthritis are of working age
• Children get arthritis too
• Most forms of arthritis are thought to be a reaction of the body against its own joint tissues
• Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and lupus are some of the most common forms of arthritis
• We do know you’ve got to move it or lose it; rest can make pain and other symptoms much worse
• there’s no cure … yet
• But there’s a lot that can be done
• With your help we can make life for people with arthritis a whole lot better!

For full report, please view Painful Realities Report 2007

Updated 5 October 2007

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 “I support the work of Arthritis NSW as I get so much from being a member; support from others in our regular meetings; information from Arthritis NSW about how better to manage my condition; the webinars and seminars as well as the Challenging Arthritis program have given me confidence to deal with my arthritis every day as well as talk to others about it.”

Carol who is in her 50s and has Osteoarthritis.

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