What is Osteoarthritis?

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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. (Small wonder that so much research today is devoted to finding this arthritis cure!)OA 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 OA (“These old bones!”), 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 “couch potato.”To date, there is no cure for OA, 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 OA brings. In fact, in the United States alone, tens of millions of dollars are devoted annually to keeping Osteoarthritis at bay.

While Osteoarthritis may seem to be a somewhat accepted and common bane in life, arthritis researchers everywhere are determined to find a way to put a permanent stop to its aches and pains.

Please Donate Today To Help Fund Osteoarthritis Research

For more than three decades, the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) has been awarding research grants to scientists who are devoted to getting to the root of Osteoarthritis. One of the keys lies in safeguarding and preserving joint cartilage so that it remains impervious to OA’s attack. Read more here …

Because of your charitable donations to the ANRF, 91 cents of every dollar goes toward important arthritis research, including numerous grants to researchers in Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, related Autoimmune Disorders and the most common one of them all – Osteoarthritis and its related disorders. Be sure to follow our research progress and remain updated on the most recent findings and treatments at curearthritis.org today.

* statistics from the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, www.CDC.gov

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