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7 life-changing facts about Osteoarthritis
7 life-changing facts about Osteoarthritis

By: Dr. Richard Hulsey

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 27 million U.S. adults suffer from some extent of osteoarthritis. (CDC) The aches, discomfort, and limited motion caused by osteoarthritis is enough to force a talented supervisor to stop working. It can cause an otherwise healthy grandmother think twice before picking her grandbaby. It can also leave many aging adults in a vulnerable position when it comes to potential injury.

While you may know osteoarthritis by name, you may not know how devastating it may be on your future livelihood:

  1. If you suffered a significant knee injury in your youth, you are six times more likely to develop osteoarthritis in the injured joint by age 65. If you suffered a hip injury, the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the injured hip region is three times more likely. (HealthCentral)

  2. Did you know that osteoarthritis costs the U.S. economy over $86 billion every year? (OAW Health) Lost time and productivity due to the complications of osteoarthritis further increase the total loss to over $124 billion.

  3. Being overweight is one of the leading causes of osteoarthritis. (NIAMS) Losing as little as ten pounds can sometimes help protect your joints from developing osteoarthritis.

  4. Though not well understood, osteoarthritis has a genetic component. If your parents or grandparents suffer from OA, you may be at risk in the future.

  5. Men are at a lower risk of developing osteoarthritis than women. According to the Center for Disease Control, men are 45 percent less likely to develop OA in their knees and 36 percent less likely to develop OA in their hip regions. (Source)

  6. Knee osteoarthritis is one of the five leading causes of disability among non-institutionalized adults in the U.S. (Source)

  7. There is no known cure for osteoarthritis, but there are effective treatments available.

If you’re suffering from osteoarthritis, your next step is to schedule an appointment at Orthopedic Associates. Our board-certified physicians can help you find the treatment you need to manage your pain. We aim to help you be as symptom-free as possible to enjoy the life you want, even with osteoarthritis.

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