Osteoarthritis Numbers: Who’s Affected

What is Osteoarthritis?

Characterized as progressive loss of cartilage in the joints, osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis, affecting nearly 30 million US adults.  Also known as the “wear and tear arthritis, the condition is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, causing pain and stiffness in the joints. In addition, there are two main types of osteoarthritis, primary and secondary. Primary affects the fingers, spine, hips, and knees. Secondary occurs after injury, trauma, or inflammation in the joint.

Who Does It Affect?

Although the condition becomes more common in people over 60, younger people can also experience osteoarthritis due to an injury, weight, or genetic defect. Additionally, statistics show women are three times more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis.

Common Risk Factors

Several factors contribute to the development of osteoarthritis, including

  • Age

Arthritis is a common joint problem typically associated with older adults. However, OA is not restricted to older populations alone. Younger people may experience the degenerative joint disease due to other factors.

  • Joint injury and Overuse

Recurring movements or repetitive trauma to joints due to sports, work-related activity, or accidents can lead to OA.

  • Genes

Heredity plays a role in OA, as people born with joint abnormalities are more likely to develop OA.

  • Obesity

Obesity contributes to the progression of osteoarthritis, due to the extra stress on the joints. In fact, being ten pounds overweight increases the force on the knees by roughly 30 pounds with each step.

 

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