The Pain of Osteoarthritis

Onset is gradual and usually begins after the age of 40. There is currently no cure for Osteoarthritis. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving function.

Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint as well as bony overgrowth. The breakdown of these tissues eventually leads to pain and joint stiffness. The joints most commonly affected are the knees, hips, and those in the hands and spine. The specific causes of osteoarthritis are unknown, but are believed to be a result of both mechanical and molecular events in the affected joint. Disease …

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Prevent Osteoarthritis

Many people with osteoarthritis also suffer from other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Osteoarthritis is a painful joint disease that can place severe limits on daily activity and quality of life. Osteoarthritis which is the most common form of arthritis, often causes weakness and disability, interferes with people’s ability to work, and results in costly joint replacements.  The prevalence of osteoarthritis increases rapidly beginning at age 45, affecting many people in their prime working years. One in two Americans will get some form of osteoarthritis in their lifetime and 27 million adults currently have …

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