10 Things you don’t want to hear about Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common of the arthralgia’s. It affects millions of people and is also known as the wear and tear arthritis and here’s why:
- Osteoarthritis is an arthritis affecting the joints. There is protective cartilage over the ends of the bones at the joints; this begins to wear out over time and from over use of a joint.
- It comes on gradually and worsens gradually.
- There isn’t a simple diagnostic test to test for Osteoarthritis, doctors use several methods such as health history, physical exam, x-rays etc.
- Its cause is rooted in age, injury, genetics and obesity.
- Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but it is most commonly seen in the hands, wrist, neck, back, hips and knees.
- Lifestyle changes may have a huge effect and impact on managing the disease but as of yet, there is no sure fire cure.
- Late stages of the disease can cause extreme pain and joint instability
- Osteoarthritis tends to run in families
- More than half of Americans over the age of 65 have Osteoarthritis…so, you’re in good company.
- Annual medical costs to treat Osteoarthritis are well over 185 Billion Dollars