What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent conditions resulting in the progressive loss of cartilage in the joints. Affecting roughly 30 million Americans, the degenerative joint disease causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation. OA is categorized into two different types; primary and secondary. Primary is considered “wear and tear” and affects the hands, hips, knees, and spine, while secondary occurs after trauma, injury, or inflammation in the joint. Primary tends to develop around 55-60 and secondary begins at an earlier age, ranging from 40-50. Whether you have primary or secondary OA, the treatment plans are the same.
Who does it affect?
Osteoarthritis can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. However, the condition is more common for women over 60. In fact, 18 percent of women over 60 suffer from OA while only 10% of men experience from the condition. Nonetheless, osteoarthritis is not only limited to older people. Younger individuals may develop OA due to other factors, including joint injury, genetics, and obesity.
How it develops
As cartilage in your joints begins to break down, you may notice pain and stiffness. The cartilage acts as a lubricating fluid inside the joint to allow easy mobility. Without the lubrication, the underlying bones rub against each other, causing inflammation and discomfort.
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