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Arthritis

One of the most common causes of disability in the U.S.

Arthritis can severely limit function and negatively impact quality of life.

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of the joints. The main symptoms are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. Most people with arthritis complain of joint pain, which may range from mild to severe and may be constant or intermittent with flare-ups.


Arthritis affects 350 million people world-wide, and nearly 40 million people in the U.S. alone. To support this community, the Global Healthy Living Foundation founded CreakyJoints, a community for people living with arthritis and their families.

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CreakyJoints was founded by arthritis patient Seth Ginsberg and social entrepreneur Louis Tharp in 1999, when Seth was an isolated college freshman in his dorm room bunk bed, thinking, “Where is everyone else who is going through this?”

Together Lou and Seth started CreakyJoints, creating what has become today a robust and growing Online Patient Community.

Today, more than 100,000 people with all forms of arthritis and their families have been touched by CreakyJoints with meaningful support, updates and education, innovative advocacy and global research projects. And CreakyJoints continues to grow with new members signing up every day.

CreakyJoints has preserved its legacy of hosting a positive environment totally free-of-charge to patients and their families, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, corporate philanthropists, government grants and other private foundation support.

 

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

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Age obesity are important factors in arthritis prevalence study finds

Apr 11/Steve Marmaras
A new Canadian study that obesity plays a large role in patients’ tendency to develop arthritis.
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CreakyJoints Protests ICER’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Evidence Report

Mar 24/GHLF Staff
CreakyJoints offered its strong objection to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review’s (ICER) Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evidence Report.
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Are Childhood Infections Linked to Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Nov 29/GHLF Staff
Researchers in Sweden have found that hospitalization for certain types of infection during childhood are associated with the likelihood of a person’s development of ankylosing spondylitis (AS
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A Belgian research study found that 48% of PsA patients have had joint surgery, up from 7% in 1988.

 

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ARTICLES & PRESS RELEASES

Apr 11

Age obesity are important factors in arthritis prevalence study finds

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A new Canadian study that obesity plays a large role in patients’ tendency to develop arthritis.

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Mar 24

CreakyJoints Protests ICER’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Evidence Report

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CreakyJoints offered its strong objection to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review’s (ICER) Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evidence Report.

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Nov 29

Are Childhood Infections Linked to Ankylosing Spondylitis?

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Researchers in Sweden have found that hospitalization for certain types of infection during childhood are associated with the likelihood of a person’s development of ankylosing spondylitis (AS

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Nov 20

Joint Surgeries Common in Psoriatic Arthritis

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A Belgian study found that among patients with PsA, more than 48 percent underwent at least one surgical procedure.

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Jun 16

Congressional Arthritis Caucus sends letter to Express Scripts

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The Congressional Arthritis Caucus puts patients first.   We strongly support the efforts of the Caucus and applaud the leadership of Congressman David McKinley and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo. Below please find their letter composed to Express Scripts inquiring about recent policy changes that restrict access to care. Arthritis Caucus Letter to Express Scripts

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