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What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that features the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a "cushion" between the bones of the joints. Among the over 100 different types of arthritis conditions, osteoarthritis is the most common. Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently as we age. Before age 45, osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in males. After 55 years of age, it occurs more frequently in females. In the United States, all races appear equally affected. A higher incidence of osteoarthritis exists in the Japanese population, while South-African blacks, East Indians, and Southern Chinese have lower rates. Osteoarthritis is abbreviated as OA or referred to as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease (DJD).

Osteoarthritis commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, and large weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. Osteoarthritis usually has no known cause and is referred to as primary osteoarthritis. When the cause of the osteoarthritis is known, the condition is referred to as secondary osteoarthritis.

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Comment from: Rich, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

I have been involved in heavy-duty work for most of my life -- mainly in warehouse with heavy lifting and trucking. All of these jobs put me at risk, but that is what I grew up with and enjoyed most as an occupation. Unfortunately, it caused great strain on my spine, and I am now being treated for spinal osteoarthritis. Even with medication, I am never without severe pain. Hot showers and a heating pad do relieve some of the pain, but it cannot end it. I am now 61 and have had the arthritis for four years. I have had to learn to live with it, but it isn't easy.

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Comment from: marinemom3025, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I was diagnosed years ago with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. For me it was passed down by my parents. My hands are deformed now and I suffer great pain, now it is in my spine and my knees too. I was on chemotherapy for almost 2 years. It did nothing but cause me more grief, I got drop foot from using the chemotherapy. I"m now looking for a new doctor, I know there is no cure but surely there must be something we can do to stop the horrible pain and swelling in our joints!

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