What Is Osteoarthritis?:
What Causes Osteoarthritis?:
- injury to joints
- repetitive use of joints
- being overweight
- stressing the joints
- family history
Secondary osteoarthritis can develop as a consequence of another disease or condition.
What Symptoms Are Associated With Osteoarthritis?:
How Is Osteoarthritis Diagnosed? :
Blood tests are not used to diagnose osteoarthritis, but may be used to rule out other conditions. Arthrocentesis, joint fluid removal, and joint fluid analysis are possible procedures to assess osteoarthritis. If necessary, arthroscopy, a surgical technique can allow doctors to visualize the joint space and abnormalities which can possibly be repaired.
How Is Osteoarthritis Treated?:
- Osteoarthritis affects over 27 million people in the United States.
- Osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in males before age 45.
- After age 55, osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in females.
- All races in the United States appear to be affected equally.
According to the American College of Rheumatology, 70 percent of people over the age of 70 have x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis.
Points of Interest About Osteoarthritis:
Another interesting fact concerns the correlation between level of pain and visible damage on x-rays. It's possible for a patient to have a lot of joint damage on x-ray yet have minimal symptoms. Conversely, a patient may have a lot of pain but not much damage observed on x-ray.
Osteoarthritis - American College of Rheumatology (www.rheumatology.org)
Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet - Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org)