Table 57Joint pain among adults 18 years of age and over, by selected characteristics: United States, 2002–2004
[Data are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population]
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Any joint pain 1 Knee pain 1 Shoulder pain 1
Characteristic 2002 2003 2004 2002 2003 2004 2002 2003 2004
Percent of adults reporting joint pain in past 30 days
Total, age-adjusted2,329.531.630.816.518.818.28.69.79.2
Total, crude329.531.831.116.518.918.48.79.79.4
Age
18–44 years19.320.719.210.512.211.44.95.85.0
 18–24 years14.214.712.98.39.08.03.43.12.8
 25–44 years21.022.721.411.213.312.65.46.85.7
45–64 years37.540.239.820.423.622.812.313.113.4
 45–54 years34.336.336.518.420.720.710.511.912.6
 55–64 years42.345.944.523.427.825.815.114.814.5
65 years and over47.250.751.628.631.231.614.115.615.2
 65–74 years46.049.349.327.630.530.414.015.714.1
 75 years and over48.752.454.229.732.132.914.115.616.5
Sex2
Male28.029.229.315.217.117.18.49.49.4
Female30.733.732.217.620.319.28.89.89.0
Sex and age
Male:
 18–44 years20.120.619.510.712.411.55.56.45.5
 45–54 years31.133.434.016.219.019.09.511.313.1
 55–64 years37.339.341.220.122.323.513.714.414.7
 65–74 years41.741.943.324.124.325.613.312.912.7
 75 years and over43.947.349.825.728.030.911.413.814.6
Female:
 18–44 years18.420.818.910.212.111.34.25.34.4
 45–54 years37.339.238.920.522.322.311.412.612.1
 55–64 years46.851.947.626.432.827.916.315.114.3
 65–74 years49.655.454.430.535.634.514.717.915.3
 75 years and over51.655.657.032.134.734.215.716.717.8
Race2,4
White only29.832.231.616.318.918.68.89.79.5
Black or African American only30.830.228.120.220.318.28.39.87.7
American Indian or Alaska Native only36.739.638.324.529.523.4*11.3*14.4*14.2
Asian only18.120.120.08.512.210.83.96.86.3
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander only*********
2 or more races42.739.237.728.123.220.315.412.813.1
Hispanic origin and race2,4
Hispanic or Latino23.423.923.813.614.214.87.68.17.4
 Mexican24.623.423.314.114.315.08.37.57.7
Not Hispanic or Latino30.432.831.917.019.618.98.910.09.5
 White only30.833.833.116.919.919.49.110.29.9
 Black or African American only30.830.128.120.120.318.38.39.77.8
Education5,6
25 years of age and over:
 No high school diploma or GED33.033.434.019.520.919.910.811.211.8
 High school diploma or GED32.934.434.218.620.420.310.211.210.4
 Some college or more31.134.433.216.920.019.38.810.19.5
Any joint pain 1 Knee pain 1 Shoulder pain 1
Characteristic 2002 2003 2004 2002 2003 2004 2002 2003 2004
Percent of poverty level2,7Percent of adults reporting joint pain in past 30 days
Below 100%31.733.735.719.921.522.711.211.811.3
100%–less than 200%31.733.933.919.020.920.910.411.112.0
200% or more28.730.831.815.618.018.38.09.19.3
Hispanic origin and race and percent of poverty level2,4,7
Hispanic or Latino:
 Below 100%26.824.927.516.115.816.111.58.98.4
 100%–less than 200%24.524.325.114.413.815.58.28.18.8
 200% or more21.423.324.411.713.815.35.47.97.0
Not Hispanic or Latino:
 White only:
  Below 100%34.237.841.221.323.825.812.412.813.2
  100%–less than 200%34.939.238.920.324.023.811.612.614.0
  200% or more29.832.333.515.918.719.28.49.69.8
 Black or African American only:
  Below 100%31.635.033.820.823.624.89.112.09.7
  100%–less than 200%34.030.131.423.220.121.610.910.59.4
  200% or more29.128.226.418.519.016.47.18.47.5
Geographic region2
Northeast27.529.429.115.817.416.77.98.77.5
Midwest32.135.534.718.421.821.28.610.910.2
South29.330.930.116.718.718.09.19.99.5
West28.430.229.314.616.816.68.68.79.3
Location of residence2
Within MSA828.330.329.616.017.917.38.19.18.8
Outside MSA833.936.835.918.722.422.110.811.811.0
Finger pain 1 Hip pain 1
Characteristic 2002 2003 2004 2002 2003 2004
Percent of adults reporting joint pain in past 30 days
Total, age-adjusted2,37.57.87.66.67.27.5
Total, crude37.57.87.76.67.37.6
Age
18–44 years3.43.53.13.23.33.5
 18–24 years2.01.51.51.61.7*1.4
 25–44 years3.94.13.73.83.84.2
45–64 years11.010.811.09.110.010.3
 45–54 years9.18.88.97.88.38.8
 55–64 years13.913.814.111.012.612.5
65 years and over13.915.915.412.914.515.1
 65–74 years14.415.714.312.614.313.7
 75 years and over13.316.016.713.314.716.8
Sex2
Male5.85.66.05.15.35.5
Female8.99.68.98.08.99.2
Sex and age
Male:
 18–44 years3.03.02.82.52.52.5
 45–54 years6.66.17.25.65.85.9
 55–64 years10.59.411.18.09.09.2
 65–74 years11.211.010.210.510.411.1
 75 years and over10.010.612.210.112.013.1
Female:
 18–44 years3.83.93.43.94.14.4
 45–54 years11.511.310.69.910.611.6
 55–64 years17.018.016.813.715.915.5
 65–74 years17.119.717.714.217.615.9
 75 years and over15.319.519.515.216.319.1
Race2,4
White only7.68.18.06.97.57.8
Black or African American only6.55.55.15.65.76.1
American Indian or Alaska Native only*12.9*11.4*9.1*10.4*11.2*7.9
Asian only*3.2*5.1*4.0*2.3*2.94.0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander only******
2 or more races12.810.39.210.010.47.7
Hispanic origin and race2,4
Hispanic or Latino6.85.86.53.84.54.3
 Mexican7.85.86.54.04.13.9
Not Hispanic or Latino7.68.07.76.97.67.9
 White only7.88.48.27.38.08.3
 Black or African American only6.55.45.05.75.86.1
Education5,6
25 years of age and over:
 No high school diploma or GED9.58.78.87.37.69.1
 High school diploma or GED8.39.18.97.38.28.5
 Some college or more8.28.88.17.58.18.2
Finger pain 1 Hip pain 1
Characteristic 2002 2003 2004 2002 2003 2004
Percent of poverty level2,7Percent of adults reporting joint pain in past 30 days
Below 100%9.89.09.28.59.29.9
100%–less than 200%8.98.28.97.58.39.0
200% or more6.97.57.76.26.77.5
Hispanic origin and race and percent of poverty level2,4,7
Hispanic or Latino:
 Below 100%8.66.68.25.94.94.7
 100%–less than 200%8.25.56.63.95.04.4
 200% or more5.55.67.42.5*3.85.3
Not Hispanic or Latino:
 White only:
  Below 100%10.911.211.49.911.013.2
  100%–less than 200%9.99.810.89.110.011.2
  200% or more7.38.08.16.77.38.1
 Black or African American only:
  Below 100%7.96.45.98.19.57.4
  100%–less than 200%7.45.84.86.46.47.1
  200% or more5.65.05.74.54.04.8
Geographic region2
Northeast6.66.76.55.77.06.5
Midwest7.58.28.26.98.08.5
South7.68.07.87.07.17.9
West8.08.07.56.46.76.7
Location of residence2
Within MSA87.27.37.36.26.77.0
Outside MSA88.49.58.68.09.09.4

* Estimates are considered unreliable. Data preceded by an asterisk have a relative standard error (RSE) of 20%–30%. Data not shown have an RSE of greater than 30%.

1

Starting with 2002 data, respondents were asked, ``During the past 30 days, have you had any symptoms of pain, aching, or stiffness in or around a joint?'' Respondents were instructed not to include the back or neck. To facilitate their response, respondents were shown a card illustrating the body joints. Respondents reporting more than one type of joint pain were included in each response category. This table shows the most commonly reported joints.

2

Estimates are age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 18–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and 75 years and over. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.

3

Includes all other races not shown separately and unknown education level.

4

The race groups, white, black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 2 or more races, include persons of Hispanic and not Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. The five single race categories plus multiple race categories shown in the table conform to the 1997 Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity. Starting with 2003 data, race responses of other race and unspecified multiple race were treated as missing, and then race was imputed if these were the only race responses. Almost all persons with a race response of other race were of Hispanic origin. See Appendix II, Hispanic origin; Race.

5

Estimates are for persons 25 years of age and over and are age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 25–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and 75 years and over. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.

6

GED stands for General Educational Development high school equivalency diploma. See Appendix II, Education.

7

Percent of poverty level is based on family income and family size and composition using U.S. Census Bureau poverty thresholds. Missing family income data were imputed for 34%–36% of persons 18 years of age and over in 2002–2004. See Appendix II, Family Income; Poverty.

8

MSA is metropolitan statistical area.

NOTES: Standard errors are available in the spreadsheet version of this table. Available from: www​.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, sample adult questionnaire.

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