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Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States. An estimated 52.5 million of U.S. adults (22.7%) or one in five people report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

In Oregon, doctor-diagnosed arthritis has a higher prevalence than the nation. Arthritis affects over 800,000 adult Oregonians, which equates to 27% of the total population or one in four people. More than half of them have limitations in their daily activities, such as walking even short distances, stooping, bending, kneeling or climbing stairs.

Evidence shows that self-management education and physical activity programs ease arthritis pain, improve physical activity habits, reduce risk for falls and decrease health care costs.

The Oregon Health Authority's Arthritis Program is working in collaboration with partners in the public and private sectors to reduce the impact of arthritis in Oregon through a public health approach. The goal is to raise awareness about the burden of arthritis and provide education and resources to everyone in Oregon so that people could take care of themselves and be more physically active.

                                                                                            

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Arthritis and Psoriasis Support Groups in Oregon