- Two in three US adults with arthritis are overweight or have obesity, which can increase their pain from arthritis.
- Less than half of these adults are getting a recommendation to lose weight from their healthcare providers.
- Healthcare providers can counsel their patients with arthritis who are also overweight with these five key techniques for managing arthritis pain.
Arthritis includes more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. Symptoms vary depending on the specific form of the disease, but typically include pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. Some rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body.