A Cup of Health with CDC - A Quick Look at Arthritis (June 2007)
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A CUP OF HEALTH WITH CDC
A Quick Look at Arthritis
Projected 2030 Prevalence of Self-Reported Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and
Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitations — United States
Recorded: May 8, 2007; posted: June 1, 2007
[Announcer] This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. CDC – safer, healthier people.
[Matthew Reynolds] Welcome to A Cup of Health with CDC, a weekly broadcast of the
MMWR, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. I’m your host, Matthew Reynolds.
Joint stiffness, pain, and swelling are all symptoms of arthritis. If you have this painful
condition you may have difficulty with certain activities and even be disabled. There are
a number of medical conditions that cause arthritis, but most commonly it develops
when joint cartilage breaks down due to wear and tear.
Today we are going to be talking to Dr. Mark Freedman about the impact of arthritis. Dr.
Freedman and his colleagues in CDC’s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and
Health Promotion are doing research that helps determine how many Americans will be
affected by arthritis in the future.
Welcome to the show, Dr. Freedman.
[Dr. Freedman] Thank you Matthew. It’s great to be here.
[Matthew Reynolds] Dr. Freedman, I’m sure that many of our listeners suffer from joint
pain and possibly arthritis. Are there different kinds of arthritis?
[Dr. Freedman] Yes, arthritis refers to over 100 different rheumatic conditions that
primarily affect the joints and the tissues surrounding the joints. There are two major
types, non-inflammatory and inflammatory arthritis. Non-inflammatory arthritis is more
common, and it is limited to the joints and surrounding tissues. The most common type
of non-inflammatory arthritis is osteoarthritis (or degenerative joint disease), and this
occurs when the thin line of cartilage at the end of the bones breaks down and
disintegrates. The most commonly affected joi