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Osteoarthritis is a chronic arthropathy, characterised by disruption and potential loss of joint cartilage and other joint changes, including bone hypertrophy (osteophyte formation).
Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common joint disorder, often becomes symptomatic when a person is in his 40s or 50s, and it is nearly global. Only half of those with pathologic changes of OA have symptoms. Under the age of 40, most OA cases occur in men and usually result from trauma. Women predominate from ages 40 to 70, after which men and women are equally affected.1
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent form of arthritis, one of the most common diseases inflicting people and a common cause of disability.
The prevalence of osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and hand increases with age. It is estimated that osteoarthritis causes joint pain in 8.5 million people in the UK.The prevalence of radiographic osteoarthritis is higher in women than men. The difference is most marked after 50 years of age.2
Some key facts regarding osteoarthritis of knee prevalence in terms of pain and disability3
Osteoarthritis is a common complex disorder with multiple risk factors:5