Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when joints degenerate to the point of thinning and breakage. While men tend to develop osteoarthritis at an earlier age, women over age 65 are five times more likely than men to suffer from this debilitating, painful condition. Weight-bearing joints are most susceptible to osteoarthritis, and symptoms vary depending on which joints are affected. In the hip, osteoarthritis causes painful walking. When the knee is affected, recreational and physical activities may be difficult. In the back’s vertebrae, osteoarthritis can lead to intense back and leg pain. Women’s hands are often stricken with erosive osteoarthritis, which tends to run in families. This condition causes painful swelling and bony prominences in the fingers.
P.S. Several therapies are available to treat osteoarthritis, including medication, acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical or occupational therapy.