As the number of people with arthritis increases, the need for special medical care also will grow. Experts in arthritis, such as rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons, may be harder to find and more expensive. In addition, the CDC states, programs like Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare might be affected by the growing number of arthritis patients.
If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, you can take steps to improve your health. The CDC recommends physical activity and self-management education programs to help you.