Arthritis can arise in many forms and can affect everyone – including children and adolescents. While the most commonly known form, osteoarthritis, is a degenerative disease that progresses as we age, many forms of inflammatory arthritis can affect people at any age.

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the most common form of arthritis, affecting almost 30 million Americans. It is a gradual agerelated condition in which the cartilage within the joints is worn down, causing pain and sometimes deformity. As the normally smooth surface of the cartilage is destroyed, exposing the underlying bone, the joint becomes more painful to move and the range of motion may diminish. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but most commonly affects the fingers, neck, spine, hips, knees, and feet. With this type of arthritis, pain is usually made worse with activity and is better with rest.

Osteoarthritis is not specific to a particular race or background and typically presents after age 45. Before age 55, the condition occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more prevalent in women.

Osteoarthritis is usually treated with anti‐inflammatory medications administered through an injection or a pill, and can also be relieved with physical therapy, exercise, and proper nutrition. Joint replacement surgery is considered when conservative, nonsurgical methods have failed to provide adequate benefit. Hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery have become trusted treatments for restoring mobility and easing pain

Despite the pervasiveness of the disease, the causes are not wholly understood. There is no cure for osteoarthritis and many different factors, such as age, obesity, overuse, and heredity influence the onset of OA.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

  • Joint pain is present during or after movement and is relieved by rest.
  • Joints may feel tender when light pressure is applied
  • Joint stiffness may be most noticeable when in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
  • Inability to move joint through its full range of motion.
  • Audible grating noise or a grating sensation when you use the joint.
  • Extra bits of bone, which feel like hard lumps, may form around the affected joint.


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