Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative type of arthritis due to wear and tear of cartilage, the cushion in weight bearing joints such as knees, and hips.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis presents with pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint. It may also present with difficulty bearing weight, reduced range of motion etc.

  • Pain or aching.
  • Stiffness.
  • Decreased range of motion (or flexibility).
  • Swelling.

What are the causes of osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is caused by damage or breakdown of joint cartilage between bones which is usually related to overuse, obesity, and some genetics.

What are risk factors for osteoarthritis?
Joint injury or overuse
Age—The risk of developing OA increases with age.
Gender—Women are more likely to develop OA than men, especially after age 50.
Obesity—Extra weight puts more stress on joints especially in weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees.
Genetics—People who have family members with OA are more likely to develop OA.
Race— Some Asian populations have lower risk for OA.

How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?
Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed with a physical examination, X-rays, joint aspiration and or MRIs in some cases.

How can losing weight help with osteoarthritis?
Losing even a small amount of weight can have very significant benefit on osteoarthritis, especially for people who are overweight or obese. Losing weight reduces pressure on joints, particularly weight bearing joints like the hips and knees. Reaching or maintaining a healthy weight can relieve pain, improve function, and slow the progression of OA.

Why osteoarthritis of the knees and hips is very common?
Since knees and hips are weight bearing joints, they tend to get a lot of wear and tear, especially for those that are overweight or obese. An estimated 54.4 million US adults have arthritis. Experts believe that number will grow as our nation’s population gets older.

How does osteoarthritis of the hands present?
OA of the hands may present with the following symptoms

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Stiffness
  • Nodules of the hands
  • Limited range of motion

How can W8MD help me if I have OA?
W8MD can help in multiple ways if you have OA – first, we can help with proper nutrition, 2nd we can help you lose weight if you are overweight or obese, third, we can help with joint regeneration using the latest technologies such as injection of platelet rich plasma or PRP in to the joints to help attract stem cells for cell growth and joint regeneration.

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Osteoarthritis of the knee

Frequently asked questions regarding osteoarthritis

  • Is arthritis common in 30s?
  • Does everyone get arthritis?
  • Why does osteoarthritis flare up?
  • Is coffee bad for osteoarthritis?
  • Does osteoarthritis cause fatigue?
  • Does osteoarthritis always worsen?
  • What triggers osteoarthritis pain?
  • Who is at risk for osteoarthritis?
  • Is walking good for osteoarthritis?
  • Can osteoarthritis come on suddenly?
  • Does osteoarthritis show up on xray?
  • Does osteoarthritis pain come and go?
  • What age does arthritis usually start?
  • Can a 30 year old have osteoarthritis?
  • Can osteoarthritis pain make you tired?
  • What are the 4 stages of osteoarthritis?
  • What is the main cause of osteoarthritis?
  • Does osteoarthritis make you feel unwell?
  • Can emotional stress cause osteoarthritis?
  • What does osteoarthritis look like on xray?
  • Does osteoarthritis show up in blood tests?
  • How long does osteoarthritis flare up last?
  • What happens if osteoarthritis is left untreated?
  • Can an xray show the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?
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