Fact and Figures on Osteoarthritis

Statistics on Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability among adults. More than 20 million people in the United States have the disease. By 2030, an estimated 20 percent of Americans -- about 70 million people -- will have passed their 65th birthday and will be at risk of developing it.
 
Although some younger people get it from joint injuries, the disease most often occurs in older people. In fact, more than half of the population ages 65 and older would likely show x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in at least one joint. Both men and women have the disease. Before age 45, more men than women have osteoarthritis; but after age 45, it is more common in women.
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