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It has been estimated that 2/3 of adults with obesity will develop knee OA at some point in their life; rates of OA will increase with the obesity epidemic.
Lifetime Risk of Symptomatic Knee OA; Murphy L, et al. 2008

In This Issue

  • DEI Efforts of the 140+ Member Organizations of the OAAA
  • Osteoarthritis in the Media
  • Webinars
  • Resources for OA Researchers

The High Cost of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of the more than 100 different rheumatic conditions that comprise of “arthritis”. Diagnosed and future projections of arthritisOA affects an estimated 32.5 million U.S. adults, however this number is expected to increase as baby boomers age because older adults have a higher prevalence of arthritis and OA. By 2040, the number of adults with arthritis is projected to increase to 78.4 million, most of whom will have OA. Although there is limited OA-specific cost data and the majority of cost estimates reflect the total cost of all forms of arthritis, the disease is costly to the nation, states, employer, individual, and society:

Cost to the Nation: From 2013-2015, adults with arthritis reported 180.9 million total lost work days, which constituted 34% of reported lost work days for any medical condition.

Cost to the States: The most recently reported costs of arthritis by state are from 2003. Total costs of arthritis ranged from $226 million in the District of Columbia to $12.1 billion in California.

Cost to the Employer: While OA is more common among employees in certain occupations such as mining, construction, agriculture, and sectors of the service industry, OA can interfere with the ability to be productive while on ANY job.

Cost to the Individual: On average, medical costs per person due to arthritis were $2,117.

Cost to Society: OA disproportionately affects women and minorities. Additionally, it has been reported that African Americans receive 39% fewer total knee replacements than whites despite similar levels of severe OA.

When you look at how much we spend on social programs in our country, it separates us from a lot of countries. In our country, if you’re hungry, we’ll feed you. If you’re homeless, we’ll house you. If you’re too poor to be sick, we’ll pay for your doctor. But all of that comes at a cost.
John Kennedy

DEI Efforts of the 140+ Member Organizations of the OAAA

In each newsletter, we will feature an OAAA member organization’s efforts in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Society for Public Health Education logoHealth Promotion Practice seeks to publish a collection of short-format articles – “Practice Notes” – describing and reflecting upon advocacy, education, resilience, and resistance initiatives to support LGBTQIA2S+ children, youth, and young adults. The Call is open through August 31, 2022, so don’t delay!

Osteoarthritis in the Media

The latest in news, policy, & practice on osteoarthritis

  • Healio: Addressing osteoarthritis pain may ‘substantially’ reduce knee replacement rates (8/15/2022)
  • The Joint Action has posted a new podcast on the topic “Does running cause osteoarthritis?” (8/14/2022)
  • Healio: NFL Alumni Association & Pacira BioSciences partner for education on opioid alternatives (8/10/2022)
  • Nature: Healthier foods are better for the planet, mammoth study finds (8/10/2022)
  • Arthritis Foundation: Hip pain keeping you awake? (8/8/2022)
  • US News: 10 tips for safely increasing the difficulty of your workouts (8/4/2022)
  • CreakyJoints: Lack of research on medical marijuana for people living with rheumatic disease and their providers (8/3/2022)
  • America Walks: How a StoryWalk can bring a community together around walkability (8/2/2022)
  • Healio: The fight against obesity – Understanding combination pharmacological treatments (8/2/2022)
  • August issue of Tai Chi for Health Institute newsletter has been released (8/1/2022)
  • The Back Pain Podcast has posted a new podcast on the topic “A Modern Chiropractors Approach to Lower Back Pain” (7/28/2022)



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Resources for OA Researchers

Click the button below to access our regularly updated list of Events and Conferences, Funding Opportunities, Webinars, and Announcements related to Osteoarthritis research. Remember to bookmark this website!

Events, Funding, and More

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