That's how many suffer from the condition.
And yet there are a large number of these people who poorly understand it, or how it can be treated, and as a result they fail to seek the best advice, or the best arthritis treatment they should have.
One of the myths is that young people can not be affected by arthritis.
This is simply not true.
Yes, it is true that the majority of sufferers are older people, but the young are not by any means exempt for having the condition.
Another myth is that, "you just have to learn to live with it.
" Why? Why should this be inevitable and something that must be accepted? The simple answer is that you do not have to learn to live with it.
You can, however, choose to live without it.
Many do, and they do so successfully too.
Medical science tells us that arthritis is non-curable.
For many people that equates to having to put up with the pain and discomfort for the rest of their lives.
But if you see the glass as half-full, then you simply accept your arthritis, but refuse to accept its debilitating effects, and seek the kind of treatment that allows this to be so.
If that sound glib and unrealistic, then think again.
Many have done this and continue to do this.
They live pain-free lives with barely a thought to their condition.
I won't say it's easy, but it's possible and not too difficult.
For example, tests have shown that those with a high consumption of olive oil have a considerably lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Green tea has also shown similar properties, and gentle exercise in water can greatly increase mobility for those with troublesome joints.
So don't be close-minded.
Seek out the simple remedies that have a sizeably following if they appear to work.
There are cranks and quacks with snake oil out there, but there's also simple, natural relief too.