Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 20 million people in the Unites States alone*; one in two people struggles with its effects. This is why so much more research needs to be devoted to finding an arthritis cure.
What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that, over time, causes inflammation and loss of cartilage in the joints. Often referred to as “the wear and tear disease,” Osteoarthritis causes inflexibility and pain and stiffness, and is primarily felt in weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips and spine. It can, however, occur in any joint. Unlike systemic, autoimmune forms of arthritis (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis), Osteoarthritis doesn’t affect organs in the body.
Aging is commonly associated with osteoarthritis, but it is not a foregone conclusion in every person’s life. There are hundreds of thousands of people in their 80s and 90s who suffer no ill affects from arthritis or osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis often results from previous injuries or trauma to one’s bones or joints but, while many former athletes struggle with Osteoarthritis, it can just as easily occur in a person who led a sedentary lifestyle. To date, there is no cure for osteoarthritis, and symptoms progress over time.
When dealing with osteoarthritis, mobility and activity are actually key ingredients to managing its symptoms. There are also a number of medications and therapies to help with the inflammation and pain osteoarthritis brings. In fact, in the United States alone, tens of millions of dollars are devoted annually to keeping osteoarthritis at bay. Be sure to discuss your health and treatments with your doctor.
While osteoarthritis may seem to be a somewhat accepted and common in many people’s lives, arthritis researchers everywhere are determined to find a way to put a permanent stop to its aches and pains.
Because of your charitable donations to the ANRF, numerous grants to researchers in osteoarthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, related autoimmune diseases have been given. ANRF is committed to getting your donations to the researchers as 91 cents of every dollar goes toward this important arthritis research. Be sure to follow our research progress and remain updated on the most recent findings and treatments at CureArthritis.org/Arthritis-Research today.
* statistics from the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, www.CDC.gov