Montana Arthritis Program

Arthritis is the most common chronic disease and is the leading cause of disability.

The prevalence of arthritis in Montana is consistently higher than the overall US prevalence.

This bar graph illustrates the prevalence of percentage of Montana adults with US adults from 2011-2015. For the five years represented Montana has had a higher prevalence rate of arthritis compared to the overall US adult population. In 2011: 26.4 percent of Montana adults report having arthritis compared to the 24.8 percent US adults. 2012: 27.8 percent Montana adults report having arthritis compared to 25.6 percent US adults. 2013: 27.3 percent Montana adults report having arthritis compared to 25.0 percent US adults. 2014: 26.0 Montana adults had arthritis, 25.6 US adults. In 2015 26.8 percent Montana adults had arthritis, 24.7 percent US adults.

Montana Arthritis Program Goals

  • The Montana Arthritis Program mission is to increase access to, and the use of, arthritis appropriate interventions among Montanans who report having arthritis.
  • The Montana Arthritis Program is working to improve the quality of life for Montanans affected by arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by increasing awareness how to prevent and reduce arthritis joint pain through evidence-based programs.
  • The Montana Arthritis Program collaborates with the Arthritis Foundation, CDC Arthritis Program, National Association for Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and local community organization to bring awareness of the burden of arthritis in Montana and arthritis exercise and self-management programs to decrease joint pain and stiffness and improve daily function for individuals living with arthritis.
  • The Montana Arthritis Program works with local organizations to implement arthritis approved evidence-based classes: