Osteoarthritis is known as the “wear and tear” arthritis and is the most common chronic condition of the joints. This condition is a disease of the entire joint involving the bone, cartilage, joint lining and ligaments. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joints, but osteoarthritis of the knee is extremely common. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine shares information on this condition for patients in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Even though this condition is very common cause of disability in older individuals, many people still wonder, “What is osteoarthritis?” Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage, the cushion, between the joints breaks down by normal wear and tear leading to pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint.
Osteoarthritis is most common in people 65 years and older. Besides age, risk factors include previous joint injury, overuse of the joints, obesity and genetics. The lifetime risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee is almost 50%. The lifetime risk of hip osteoarthritis is approximately 25%. 1 in 12 people over the age of 60 experience hand osteoarthritis.