What You Should Know About
The most common chronic joint ailment is osteoarthritis (OA). Wear-and-tear arthritis, degenerative arthritis, and degenerative joint disease are all terms used to describe OA.
A joint is the 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
Around 8.5 million people in the United Kingdom suffer from aching joints caused by OA. b) Women and individuals in their later years are more likely to develop OA; X-ray studies reveal that at least half of people over 65 have osteoarthritis.