Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis affecting over 32 million adults in the US. It is sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage between your joints wears down over time causing stiffness, pain, and inflammation. Certain factors may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis:
- Overuse or Injury: Joint damage can increase your risk.
- Age: Risk increases with age.
- Obesity: Excess weight adds stress to your joints.
- Gender: Women are more at risk than men.
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