First of all, if you have osteoarthritis (OA), you should know that you are not alone. According to statistics from 2012, about 27 million Americans, mostly middle-aged to elderly, have OA.1 OA of the knee is a very common form of the disease.2,3 Experts estimate that the risk of developing OA of the knee over a lifetime is 46%.1
Another reason you are not alone is that we are here to help you — to provide helpful information for living with OA, suggestions for getting and staying fit, and activities and exercises to strengthen muscles. We are also here to offer information and education to help you understand OA of the knee. You should always talk with your doctor before you start any exercise, activity, or diet program.
Review the basics of osteoarthritis.
So, which Americans are most likely to develop OA of the knee? People with OA of the knee come from all races, ethnicities, economic classes, and genders, but there are certain characteristics and traits that make some people more likely to develop OA of the knee.1,4,6
There are many things you can do to help reduce
your chances of developing OA of the Knee.
There are many things you can do to help reduce your chances of developing OA of the knee.1,2,4,5 If you have signs and symptoms of OA of the knee, talk to your doctor. Even though there is no cure for OA, there are ways to manage it: through diet, exercise, activity choices, over-the-counter and prescription medications in the early to moderate stages, and with more advanced therapies or surgery if the pain won’t go away.2
References: 1. Srikulmontree T. Osteoarthritis. American College of Rheumatology website. http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Osteoarthritis/. Updated May 2015. Accessed October 11, 2016. 2. Arthritis of the knee. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00212. Reviewed June 2014. Accessed October 11, 2016. 3. Parmet S, Lynm C, Glass RM. JAMA patient page. Osteoarthritis of the knee. JAMA. 2003;289(8):1068. 4. The basics of osteoarthritis. WebMD website. http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/osteoarthritis-basics#1. Reviewed May 23, 2014. Accessed October 11, 2016. 5. Osteoarthritis of the knee (degenerative arthritis of the knee). WebMD website. http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/ostearthritis-of-the-knee-degenerative-arthritis-of-the-knee#1. Reviewed May 24, 2014. Accessed October 11, 2016. 6. Arthritis facts. Arthritis Foundation website. http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/arthritis-statistics-facts.php. Accessed October 11, 2016. 7. Huffman KM, Kraus WE. Osteoarthritis and the metabolic syndrome: more evidence that the etiology of OA is different in men and women. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2012;20(7):603-604. 8. Yoshimura N, Muraki S, Oka H, et al. Accumulation of metabolic risk factors such as overweight, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and impaired glucose tolerance raises the risk of occurrence and progression of knee osteoarthritis: a 3-year follow-up of the ROAD study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2012;20(11):1217-1226.
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