Osteoarthritis occurs throughout the world and in all
population groups. Osteoarthritis is equally common in men and women, but women
tend to develop symptoms earlier. People may either have symptoms of
osteoarthritis or have evidence of osteoarthritis on an X-ray.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it is a major reason
people become disabled and dependent on others as they get older.1
Although age itself is not a cause of osteoarthritis, the
chances of getting it increase significantly as people get older.
CitationsWise C (2010). Osteoarthritis. In DC Dale, DD Federman, eds., ACP Medicine, section 15, chap. 10. New York: WebMD.
April 8, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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