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1.     You have over 230 moveable and semi-moveable joints in your body. 

2.    You have 27 bones in your hand.

3.    Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks.

4.    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is often called "The Great Imitator."  Systemic lupus erythematosus, or simply lupus, is known for being hard to diagnose because of its wide-ranging and vague symptoms.

5.    While evidence of primary ankle (kaki) osteoarthritis has been discovered in dinosaurs, the first known traces of human arthritis date back as far as 4500 BC. It was noted in skeletal remains of native Americans found in Tennessee and parts of what is now Olathe, Kansas. Evidence of arthritis has been found throughout history, from Ötzi, a mummy (circa 3000 BC) found along the border of modern Italy and Austria, to the Egyptian mummies circa 2590 BC.

6.    Skeletal evidence of gout has been found in Egyptian mummies from possibly 4000 years ago. However, written evidence of the disease begins with the Hippocratic writings from about 400 BCE. One of these passages states: "Persons affected with the gout who are aged, have tophi in their joints, who have led a hard life, and whose bowels are constipated are beyond the power of medicine to cure." Of particular interest is the reference to "a hard life" because, from at least the 1st century AD through the 20th century, gout was thought to be a punishment for excesses of food, drink and debauchery.










“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir

It is not commonly known Renoir battled severe rheumatoid arthritis and fought to overcome the disease so he could continue creating his masterpieces. Though at times he suffered greatly and the disease became crippling, he continued to persevere through his work.






"I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not" ~ Lucille Ball


Lucille Ball is revered as the queen of comedy. She left a legacy of film from “I Love Lucy” and other work that live on long past her death in 1989. Her body of work supplements our memories of "Lucy" as an actress, comedienne, and clown. The characters she played were often portrayed with vigorous physical comedy, and required endurance, timing, and energy. With this realization, a little known fact about Lucy becomes somewhat unbelievable, as a teenager, Lucille Ball was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.






President George Bush and first lady Barbara Bush’s dog Millie had lupus.  She even has her own book to tell about it!






French royalty King Louis XIV, his father and grandfather all suffered from Gout.  Gout throughout history has been called the “rich man‘s disease“  because of the association with high purine diets (meats) and alcohol consumption which can trigger gout attacks for some people.





Laughter really can be the best medicine. Humor offers a brief respite from arthritis stress and provides both tension and pain relief. It has also shown to have positive effects for healing.  So here are a few jokes for your amusement.



Ÿ        Doctor Simon is known throughout town as one of the best consultants on arthritis. He always has a waiting room full of people who need his advice and specialist treatment. One day, Betty, an elderly lady, slowly struggles into his waiting room. She is completely bent over and leans heavily on her walking stick. A chair is found for her. Eventually, her turn comes to go into Doctor Simon's office.
15 minutes later, to everyone's surprise, she comes briskly out of his room walking almost upright. She is holding her head high and has a smile on her face. A woman in the waiting room says to Betty, "It's unbelievable, a miracle even. You walk in bent in half and now you walk out erect. What a fantastic doctor he is. Tell me, what did Doctor Simon do to you?"
"Miracle, shmiracle," says Hetty, "he just gave me a longer walking stick."



Ÿ        A man who reeked of alcohol flopped on a subway seat next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of rum was sticking out of his ripped jacket pocket. He opened his newspaper and started reading. After a few minutes, the disheveled guy turned to the priest and asked “Say, Father, do you know what causes arthritis?” The priest, disgusted by the man’s appearance and behavior    snapped “It’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol, and a contempt for your fellow man!” “Well, I’ll be,” the man muttered and returned to his newspaper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized, “I’m sorry to have come on so strong - I didn’t mean it. How long have you been suffering from arthritis?” “I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does.”

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