OMT - Building the Business Case

Osteoarthritis Management Toolkit

>54 million

adults in the US have arthritis

Most common

type of arthritis

is Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is the

leading cause

of work disability in the US

90% of people

with knee osteoarthritis are also obese or overweight

Source: CDC

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that is common and yet often misunderstood. This chronic condition, which affects the joints, frequently results in reduced quality of life due to issues with decreased mobility. Considering 60% of adults with arthritis are working age – between 18 and 64 – the cost to individuals with OA and their employers can be significant. According to the CDC, annual direct medical costs related to arthritis are more than $140 billion. Unfortunately, this condition often cannot compete for attention with the top health care spend drivers including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. More than 54 million people in the US (nearly 23%) have diagnosed arthritis, which is the number one cause of work disability in the country.

Arthritis at a Glance


Economics & Employer Impact


How Data Can Help