A Joint Effort

The possible joints where arthritis could take place

What is arthritis? Arthritis is more commonly known as joint pain or joint disease. It is basically inflammation of the joints. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in the body to break down causing much more friction between the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the synovium ( lining) of the joints.

The difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid                              Normal X-Ray (right) and X-ray with                            


There are over forty million people in the United States who have arthritis.

It is the leading cause of work disability

By 2040, twenty six percent of the adult population will have arthritis

Patients who are older tend to have it significantly more than than younger people

People participating in arthritis run         Statistics for who is at risk.

Symptoms: There are several tell tales of arthritis all including the joints:  pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion.


Man clutching his knee due to the pain of arthritis.  Symptoms associated with arthritis.

However, many people believe that this symptoms will go away after some amount of time ,but that is not the case. It will only go away if patients seek professional help. They need to seek treatment immediately that way they will not have to bear any more discomfort.

Our goal: Our goal is to bring a spotlight to arthritis. Arthritis does not have enough attention even though it is a prevalent problem.People ignore the symptoms of arthritis  because they do not see arthritis as a a serious problem.

A woman feels her hand after the pain of her arthritis decreases significantly 

My story: My aunt has had arthritis for at least ten years. Over the course of those ten years, her movement has decreased exponentially. She has been in constant pain and she has not been able to do things that she loves because of her limited movement. One day, I dedicated myself to helping her around the house and do things which she is not able to do. I was moved and decided that I should pour more energy into pursuing arthritis.

Call to action: Survey

Do you know what arthritis is?

Do you know any  symptoms of arthritis?

Do you know anyone who has arthritis?

If so, how has arthritis impacted the person that you know?


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  1. April 29, 2018 by Anna Thompson

    Hi! So first I just wanted to comment and say that I thought your project was well-thought out and researched, and that you did a great job!
    In answer to your survey:
    1) Yes! I do know what arthritis is (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis).
    2) Most of the symptoms I know of involving arthritis involve trouble moving/using joints (like stiffness) as well as general joint pain.
    3) Yes I do– I have arthritis, as do my dad and grandfather.
    4) My dad has both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, mostly in his knees and back. Both types are related to professional football-related injuries, and his arthritis often causes him extreme amounts of pain (especially depending on the weather and how much physical activity he gets). Additionally, the medicine that he needs for rheumatoid arthritis counteracts his other medicine, so he often has to choose which one is causing the most pain and attempt to treat that… it’s terrible! For me, I’ve had around 10 broken bones in the last 6ish years, and I’ve begun to show signs of arthritis in those areas (literally just in the process of being diagnosed this past week). It’s especially bad in my hand (on of my fingers was shattered in a baseball-related accident), and sometimes it’s tough to open or grip objects.

    Basically– I found your project extremely interesting and important as it’s very relevant to my life at the moment– job well done!

  2. April 30, 2018 by Mandy Friedlander

    Hi, I really like your project. I am currently taking anatomy and physiology so I have learned a lot about arthritis.
    1) Yes i know what arthritis is, but I would like to know more on what exact movements can cause it.
    2) The best known symptoms are lack of movement and pain
    3) No.

  3. April 30, 2018 by Olivia Lantz

    I found your project super intriguing because I have arthritis in my knees already, and I am only 16. This was super informative to me because I never really understood what it was, so thank you for that! Your visuals were really helpful and the statistics were incredible, especially that an estimated 26% of adults will have arthritis in 2040, that’s insane! All in all I thought your project was very well done!

  4. April 30, 2018 by Surumya Bhargava

    I love how thorough your project is! it’s short, but also very to the point. I find arthritis is yet another neglected cause which we just don’t know enough about. As for your survey, although previously I was not as informed, I did have some idea of what arthritis and it’s symptoms due to my own random research. Definitely not the same, but my oldest dog has had arthritis for many years now. My parents are slowly getting there.

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