An adult suffering from arthritis – whether it’s their knee, hip, shoulder, neck or back – is 20 percent less likely to be working than someone without arthritis. This is one of the findings from a new study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. UK researchers matched a group of 18,000 people with arthritis to a control group of 18,000 people without arthritis but similar in every other way. The researchers observed that as people with arthritis reach middle age, their likelihood of being able to work diminishes at a faster rate than those who do not have the condition. Once both men and women reach age 60, their chances of working when living with arthritis drop dramatically. The only group not affected were those employed in professional work, such as lawyers or accountants.