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What is the most common form of arthritis?

Tatiana P. Ivan, MD
Family Medicine
The most common form of arthritis in the United States is osteoarthritis followed by gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common, affecting 14% of adults aged 25 years and older and 34% of those 65 and older. That’s close to an estimated 30 million U.S. adults, up from 21 million in 1990, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and a leading cause of disability.  It is estimated that almost 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis cannot be cured but it can be treated
The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). OA affects about 30 million Americans and can be debilitating. Other forms of common arthritis include rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis; however, they are much less common. The most common joint involved is the thumb, and this can often times be the presenting sign. Pain and stiffness are hallmark signs.

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