Osteoarthritis Network

Osteoarthritis is also known by other names, such as degenerative joint disease and Osteoarthrosis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. This is followed by chronic inflammation of the joint lining. Healthy cartilage is a cushion between the bones in a joint. Osteoarthritis usually affects the hands, feet, spine, hips, and knees. People with Osteoarthritis usually have joint pain and limited movement of the affected joint. Primary Osteoarthritis is mostly related to aging. With aging, the water content of the cartilage increases, and the protein makeup of cartilage degenerates.

Anybody can get Osteoarthritis and it is most common in middle-aged and older people, especially women over 45. Women are twice as likely as men to be affected by this disease. Osteoarthritis typically affects just one joint, though in some cases, such as with finger arthritis, several joints can be affected. Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. But Osteoarthritis treatments can relieve pain and help you remain active. Taking steps to actively manage your Osteoarthritis may help you gain control over your Osteoarthritis pain.

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