West Virginia Osteoporosis & Arthritis Program

West Virginia Osteoporosis & Arthritis Program

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Our Mission

To reduce the prevalence of Osteoporosis and Arthritis in West Virginia by providing information on prevention and education, making available information on treatment, and lessening pain and disability by encouraging individuals to maintain productive lives.

About Arthritis

Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the U.S., actually comprisesmore than 100 diseases that involve the joints, the tissues that surround the joints, and other connective tissue. Arthritis affects approximately 43 million Americans, including 300,000 children. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that arthritis costs society about $125 billion annually, $43 billion in direct medical costs and $82 billion in indirect costs.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, which affects approximately 10% of Americans, rising to 70% to 90% of people older than 75. Other types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and fibromyalgia.

Risk factors for arthritis include female gender, older age, obesity, physical inactivity, sports and other injuries to a joint, and occupational lifting.

West Virginia Bureau for Public Health • 350 Capitol Street • Room 206 • Charleston, WV 25301
phone: 304-558-0644 • fax: 304-558-1553

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