What is osteoarthritis?Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body, the condition mostly affects joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine. The symptoms associated with osteoarthritis can be effectively managed, but the underlying process cannot be reversed. Staying active, maintaining a health weight and other treatments may slow the progression of the condition as well as improve pain and joint function.
Who is impacted?Factors that may increase your risk of osteoarthritis include:
- Elderly age
- Sex (females are at higher risk for developing osteoarthritis)
- Joint injuries
- Certain occupations (repetitive stress on a particular joint)
- Bone deformities