What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis or more plainly, “wear and tear” arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis. It is associated with the breakdown of cartilage in your joints, primarily in the hands, neck, spine, hips and knees. Osteoarthritis can get worse over time; as the cartilage wears down, bones can be exposed and start rubbing against each other. Just about everybody has some degree of OA in one or more joints by age 60. It’s probably responsible for that limp when you walk or that difficulty going up and down the stairs. There is no cure for OA but a number of treatments can slow the progression of the disease, improve joint function and ease pain.

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