04 Jan What is Osteoarthritis: Factors & Symptoms
Do you know 251 million people worldwide suffer from osteoarthritis? And in these, 1 in 3 people are over 65 years old.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is the chronic condition of joint disease in which the cartilage that cushions the end of bone starts to wear down and causes the bones to rub against each other, leading to stiffness and pain. It may affect the joints at whole body including the neck, elbows, hips, knees, fingers, feet, and lower spine region (lower back).
Several reasons involved that contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.
Risk of developing the condition increases as one gets older, especially when aged over 50 years
It is more common in women than men
Occupation that requires movements that make cartilage wears away quickly such as heavy lifting, bending, kneeling or squatting
Extra weight puts additional pressure on joints, particularly those bear most body weight, the hips and knees
Repeatedly damage joints or overusing not completely healed joints can lead to the condition
Various genetic traits can cause one to suffer from the condition. It may be due to lack of collagen production or cartilage wears off fast because bones fit together.
Signs & Symptoms
- US National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NLAMS)
- US Arthritis Foundation