Also known as degenerative joint Disease, it is the most common type arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the articular cartilage that is characterized with hypertrophic bone alterations. Although the damage to joints cannot be repaired, the symptoms of osteoarthritis can typically be treated. Staying active, eating a healthy diet, and receiving specific treatments may help reduce disease development and improve pain and joint function.
Around 80% of elderly people aged 55 and up, have osteoarthritis as evidenced by X-ray. Symptomatic osteoarthritis impacts 240 million adults globally, including more than 30 million adults in the United States. In comparison to men, Knee osteoarthritis was shown to be more common in postmenopausal women than in males.