Osteoarthritis

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What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive loss of joint cartilage; it is the most common form of arthritis. It may be hereditary, developmental, metabolic, or related to mechanical, viral, or bacterial factors.

Common symptoms reported by people with osteoarthritis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with osteoarthritis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
135
Tried for
osteoarthritis (135) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
Pain (75) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
Pain (75) osteoarthritis (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
osteoarthritis (74) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
Pain (53) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
Pain (39) osteoarthritis (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Pain (39) osteoarthritis (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
depressed mood (37) Pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (40) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Pain (36) joint pain (2)
1 more

Data from patients with osteoarthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with osteoarthritis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (55 evaluations)
Side effects
increased pain muscle pain 23 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
osteoarthritis (135) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (53 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
Pain (75) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (68 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 21 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
Pain (75) osteoarthritis (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 10 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
osteoarthritis (74) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Pain (53) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 8 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
Pain (39) osteoarthritis (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain daytime sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (39) osteoarthritis (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness drowsiness 55 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
depressed mood (37) Pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 16 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
Pain (40) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 8 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (36) joint pain (2)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with osteoarthritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has osteoarthritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 88
30s 473
40s 1,758
50s 3,209
60s 2,426
70+ 707
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 416
20-29 years 840
30-39 years 1,416
40-49 years 1,743
50-59 years 925
60-69 years 205
70+ years 43

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,398
Not Diagnosed 165

These charts show data from osteoarthritis patients who have completed their condition history
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