In 2011, 3.9 million, or 20.2% of adult Texans reported having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis was more commonly reported in women than men (24.1% and 16.2%, respectively). Regarding arthritis burden by race/ethnicity, non-Hispanic Whites had the highest prevalence of arthritis in 2011, at 26%, followed by African Americans (20%), and Hispanics (12.5%).
“Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States, limiting the activities of nearly 21 million adults.” In Texas, arthritis limits the activities of 50.7% of those affected, or 2 million individuals. Source: Texas Population Data, 2011, Projected
The Texas Arthritis Program monitors the prevalence of arthritis in Texas and provides information on approved, CDC evidence-based self-management education and physical activity programs.