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Arthritis is common, disabling, and costly. One-third of Michigan adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and it is a leading cause of disability nationwide. Osteoarthritis is the most common of over 100 forms of arthritis. Others, like fibromyalgia, gout, Lyme disease and rheumatoid arthritis can also impact a person’s quality of life.

Fortunately, arthritis can be managed. The Michigan Arthritis Fact Sheet describes ways people with arthritis can decrease pain, improve function, stay productive and lower healthcare costs, including:

  • Learn arthritis-management strategies
  • Be active
  • Watch your weight
  • See your doctor (for diagnosis, treatment options)
  • Protect your joints

Learn about how quality programs like Enhance®Fitness and PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) can help people with arthritis learn to manage this condition. Find a program near you at

Visit the Michigan Arthritis Program webpage to learn more.

Learn about the CDC's recommendations regarding physical activity for people living with arthritis.

Review the American College of Rheumatology’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.

The Arthritis Foundation offers practical information for patients and providers.