Arthritis causes more problems for African Americans and Hispanics than for whites, a new report has said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report finds that the prevalence of activity limitation, work limitation and severe joint pain are significantly higher among African Americans and Hispanics.
These two groups are nearly twice as likely as whites to have severe joint pain and work limitations and 1.3 times as likely to have activity limitations.
"Arthritis is a debilitating disease that profoundly impacts the lives of millions of Americans on a daily basis," said Dr. Patience White, vice president of public health for the Arthritis Foundation.
"The effects of the 46 million Americans with arthritis on the economy are enormous; the direct and indirect medical costs of this disease are estimated to be 128 billion dollars each year," White added.
The study has been published in the May issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.