Five Facts About Osteoarthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is the degeneration and inflammation of the joints. There are 100 different types of arthritis.

Five facts about 0steoarthritis

  • Osteoarthritis is caused by the loss of the cartilage (gristle) which cushions contact between the bones in our joints. It starts out as aching or throbbing pain which worsens with activity of the affected joint that will initially be relieved with rest. As the condition worsens, the pain occurs even while resting.
  • There is usually a brief period of joint stiffness on rising in the mornings. Walking often becomes painful. Joint swelling and weakness occur intermittently.
  • Osteoarthritis affects the large weight-bearing joints such as the spine, knees, hips and ankles.
  • By age 55, a quarter of adults have osteoarthritis in the knees and hips. Men develop osteoarthritis before age 45 because of a predilection for injury to their joints. However, after age 55, women suffer more from osteoarthritis than men.
  • There is no cure for osteoarthritis but exercise and weight loss (if overweight) are vital to its management.

Sources: Arthritis, The Thorn in the Flesh

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