What You Should Know About
In excess of 8.5 million people in the United Kingdom suffer from aching joints caused by osteoarthritis (OA). Men and women in their later years are more likely to develop OA; X-ray studies reveal that at least half of people over 65 have osteoarthritis.
The most common chronic joint ailment is OA. Wear-and-tear arthritis, degenerative arthritis, and degenerative joint disease are all terms used to describe OA.
A joint is a point where two bones meet. The protective tissue that surrounds the ends of the bones is called cartilage. This cartilage breaks down as a result of OA, causing the bones of the joint to rub together. Pain, stiffness, and other symptoms may result.
OA can affect any joint. However, the following are the most typically affected bodily parts:
- Spine, typically at the neck or lower back