Arthritis Is Becoming More Common in Younger Adults

December 22, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Integrity Rehab

Arthritis is a common source of aches and pains. In more serious cases, arthritis can interfere with work and daily living. The disease is commonly associated with older people. However, recent research shows that this is no longer the case. In a study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, researchers have discovered that arthritis is more prevalent among younger people than previously thought.

This study examined data on 33,600 men and women who had participated in a recent health survey. To get a better estimate of arthritis, they examined people who had official diagnoses and those who reported chronic joint symptoms for periods lasting longer than three months. They found that 19% of men and 17% of women reported chronic joint pain, but did not have a doctor’s diagnosis of arthritis. Among people 65 and over, almost 16% of men and 14% of women also reported chronic joint pain but did not have a doctor’s diagnosis.

Men and women under 65 were less likely to receive a diagnosis because patients and physicians don’t expect it to appear in younger people. Whereas people above 65 were more likely to receive a diagnosis. When combined with those who did receive a diagnosis of arthritis, 30% of people under 65 had arthritis. The primary cause of arthritis in younger people is stress on joints from either vigorous exercise or obesity.

If you are having issues with arthritis pain, remember we’re here to help. We can design a program to help strengthen muscles and joints based on your individual situation.

Source: David Felson, M.D., M.P.H., professor, medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Nov. 27, 2017, Arthritis & Rheumatology, online