Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects more than 20 million people across America.
If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you may confuse it with other common forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, but the two conditions are quite different in origin. The painful inflammation associated with osteoarthritis can severely impact your mood, range of motion, energy levels, and quality of life. However, the disease is manageable once you come to understand the facts from the misconceptions. To help raise your awareness of osteoarthritis, here are fifteen common FAQs…
1. What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of “wear-and-tear” arthritis, which refers t the way the disease gradually breaks down cartilage, or the protective covers over the ends of our bones that allows for smooth and pain free joint movement. With osteoarthritis, cartilage wears away, bones spurs can form, and joints rub against each other, causing pain, inflammation, stiffness, excruciating movement.