About 1 in 4 Kansans ≥ 18 years of age had doctor diagnosed arthritis. Kansans with arthritis are nearly three times more likely to live with a disability – hearing, vision, mobility, self-care, and/or independent living – as compared to those without arthritis. View the latest Kansas data (PDF) on arthritis.

Risk Factors

Several characteristics called risk factors affect whether your risk is high or low for arthritis. These incldue weight, smoking, employement and injuries and infections.


Extra weight adds stress to joints, particularly weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees.  


Cigarette smoking increases your risk of developing arthritis and can make it worse. 

Employement & Injuries

Jobs that require frequent bending of the joints. As well as any overuse or injury from repeated motion or stress, such as bending, can damage the joint and may lead to arthritis.


It is possible for bacteria and viruses to infect joints.

Managing your Arthritis

If you have arthritis, you can start managing it today. 

  1. Learn Skills
  2. Be Active 
  3. Visit the Doctor
  4. Lose Weight
  5. Protect Joints

Learn Skills

Communities offer evidence-based programs — Enhanced®Fitness or Walk With Ease — specifically for those with arthritis. 

Watch as Laura Hughes Zahner,  instructor, and Joanne Francisco, participant discuss Walk With Ease.

No exercise equipment needed to complete this class.