Goal: Reduce pain and disability from arthritis.

About 1 in 4 adults in the United States have arthritis, a leading cause of disability.1,2 Healthy People 2030 focuses on reducing pain, disability, and limitations from arthritis — especially as it becomes more common in the aging population.

Many adults with arthritis have severe pain. Nearly half of people with arthritis have trouble doing daily activities,1 and the condition can limit the ability to work. Strategies to help adults manage their arthritis, like interventions to increase physical activity, may help address activity limitations by reducing pain and disability.

Adults with arthritis are also more likely to have other chronic conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Encouraging adults to manage arthritis may help improve their other health problems and overall health.

Objective Status

  • 0 Target met or exceeded
  • 0 Improving
  • 0 Little or no detectable change
  • 0 Getting worse
  • 4 Baseline only
  • 0 Developmental
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Barbour, K.E., Helmick, C.G., Boring, M., & Brady, T.J. (2017). Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2013-2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 66(9):246-253. 


Theis, K.A., et al. (2019). Which One? What Kind? How Many? Types, Causes, and Prevalence of Disability Among U.S. Adults. Disability and Health Journal, 12(3):411-421.