Share of U.S. adults with arthritis and severe joint pain 2017, by age

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. with arthritis who had arthritis-attributable severe joint pain in 2017, by age. As of this time, around 33 percent of adults aged 18 to 44 years with arthritis had arthritis-attributable severe joint pain.

Percentage of adults with arthritis in the U.S. who had arthritis-attributable severe joint pain in 2017, by age

Percentage of adults
18 to 44 years33%
45 to 64 years35.6%
65 years and older25.1%
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Sources

Release date

May 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Number of respondents

base: 435,331 adults

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Among adults aged ≥18 years with arthritis

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Doctor-diagnosed arthritis was defined as an affirmative response to the question “Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?"
Age adjusted to the 2000 U.S. projected adult population, using three age groups: 18–44, 45–64, and ≥65 years.

Severe joint pain was defined as a response of 7–10 to “Please think about the past 30 days, keeping in mind all of your joint pain or aching and whether or not you have taken medication. On a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is no pain or aching and 10 is pain or aching as bad as it can be, during the past 30 days, how bad was your joint pain on average?” Overall, 141,744 (98.4%) respondents with arthritis had severe joint pain data available.

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