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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
138
Tried for
osteoarthritis (138) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
Pain (70) Anxious mood (6)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
osteoarthritis (74) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
Pain (70) Joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
Pain (49) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
Insomnia (34) Pain (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Pain (38) osteoarthritis (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Pain (37) osteoarthritis (12)
1 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)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Depressed mood (31) Pain (6)
3 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 (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Muscle pain Pain 22 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
osteoarthritis (138) Joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
Pain (70) Anxious mood (6)
4 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 (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Sleepiness 21 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
Pain (70) Joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Drowsiness 10 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
Pain (49) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (39 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 22 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
Insomnia (34) Pain (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Heartburn Vertigo 8 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (38) 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 (37) osteoarthritis (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Blurry vision 19 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
Pain (40) Joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Constant tiredness Drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
Depressed mood (31) Pain (6)
3 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 75
30s 376
40s 1,371
50s 2,584
60s 1,921
70+ 560
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 340
20-29 years 649
30-39 years 1,100
40-49 years 1,357
50-59 years 693
60-69 years 142
70+ years 32

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,122
Not Diagnosed 128

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