Facts You Need to Know About Osteoarthritis

Are any of your joints bothering you? Do you just blame it on getting older? You may be suffering from a very common condition that occurs in a lot of adults. Read the following facts to find out why osteoarthritis may be a condition of concern for you.

50% Of Adults Will Develop Osteoarthritis

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Yes, that is right…half of all adults develop osteoarthritis (OA). 1 in 2 adults will develop OA in their knees while 1 in 4 will develop in their hips. And 1 in 12 will develop it in their hands.

That means, that many adults will be affected by OA…so, it is time to start learning about it. There are some genetic conditions that can lead to development of OA early in adulthood, but the majority of adults with OA are 65 and older.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary, depending on which joints are affected and how severely they are affected. However, the most common symptoms are pain and stiffness, particularly first thing in the morning or after resting. Affected joints may get swollen, especially after extended activity. These symptoms tend to build over time rather than show up suddenly.