Arthritis Foundation / Juvenile Arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation, Florida Chapter serves all counties across the state and are actively working to reduce the unacceptable impact of arthritis on the lives of 3.7 million adults and an estimated 16,000 children in our state. We look forward to serving you as we lead efforts to make the pain and limitations of this disease unacceptable.
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Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or an arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.
Impact of Juvenile Arthritis:
- Approximately 294,000 children under the age 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions.
- Ambulatory care visits for pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions averaged 827,000 annually.
- Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common childhood diseases in the United States.
- Arthritis and related conditions, such as juvenile arthritis, cost the U.S. economy nearly $128 billion per year in medical care and indirect expenses, including lost wages and productivity.
- In Florida there are approximately 16,000 children with arthritis.
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