Osteoarthritis Explained

Osteoarthritis is a common disease, affecting approximately 20 million people in the United States, yet it is also a complex condition, so many people find having osteoarthritis explained in simple terms helps them understand it better.
 
The disease begins when cartilage in the joints starts to wear away, allowing bones to rub together. It most commonly affects the:
 
  • Hands
  • Neck
  • Lower back
  • Knees
  • Hips.
 
Symptoms of osteoarthritis can range from mild joint pain and stiffness to severe pain and even disability. There is no cure; however, treatment, such as medicines, alternative therapies, and even exercise, can help ease pain and improve function.
 
(Click Osteoarthritis for a detailed explanation of this condition, including how it is diagnosed, whether it can be prevented, possible risk factors, and more.)
 
 

Osteoarthritis Explained

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