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South Carolina Arthritis Prevention and Control Program

Arthritis, a Serious and Costly Problem in South Carolina

Arthritis affects one million adults in South Carolina. While often under-recognized, it is one of the most common chronic diseases. More people live with arthritis than diabetes, cancer, or stroke. It is, and has been, the leading cause of disability in the nation for 15 years.

Arthritis Facts…Did You Know?

  • Nearly half of adults with arthritis report limitations in their usual activities due to their condition, and 45% report work limitations.
  • Arthritis is responsible for more than $900 million in hospital charges annually. Associated costs from work absenteeism and lost productivity increase the burden.
  • Arthritis is linked to obesity, a huge problem in South Carolina. Nearly 38% of adults who are obese have arthritis, compared to 28% of the general population.
  • Arthritis is a potential barrier to physical activity. Thirty-eight percent of adults with arthritis are inactive, compared to 26% of those in the general population.
  • Two-thirds of adults with arthritis report no or low walking per week (less than 90 minutes per week), and half who are age 45-64 report no leisure time physical activity.
  • Arthritis is not just an older person's disease. Two-thirds of adults with arthritis are working age. It is an important workplace issue that needs to be addressed as part of the effort to reduce obesity and increase physical inactivity.

Take Control with Knowledge and Exercise

Evidence-based Life Improvement Programs that focus on self-management and exercise are effective ways to help people with arthritis and related conditions manage their weight, exercise safely, and improve their health and quality of life. A variety of programs that can be easily adapted to community, health care, or workplace settings are offered in communities throughout South Carolina.

Call 1-866-899-3663 to find a class near you or to learn how you can offer or recommend programs through your organization.