What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of the more than 100 types of arthritis. It is described as an irreversible “wear and tear” type of arthritis that affects millions of people. Also known as degenerative arthritis, it occurs when the cartilage in bones begins to deteriorate, removing the natural cushion away from joints. This can occur in any joint and causes pain and limitation of motion for people, which may cause limitations in their daily activities and increases one’s chances of developing other chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease by 50%.
Who can develop osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis affects more than 32 million Americans and is increasing. Women tend to develop the illness more than men, especially after the age of 50. Since osteoarthritis progressively gets worse over time, it is usually initially recognized in middle-aged or older individuals.