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
128
Tried for
osteoarthritis (128) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
pain (84) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
pain (79) osteoarthritis (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
osteoarthritis (72) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
pain (57) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
depressed mood (41) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
pain (39) osteoarthritis (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
pain (38) osteoarthritis (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
pain (42) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (38) stress (1)

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 (53 evaluations)
Side effects
pain muscle pain 23 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
osteoarthritis (128) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (59 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 40 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
pain (84) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (69 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
pain (79) osteoarthritis (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (40 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 10 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
osteoarthritis (72) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (57) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness drowsiness 59 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
depressed mood (41) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 8 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (39) osteoarthritis (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain daytime sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (38) osteoarthritis (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 17 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
pain (42) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes dizziness 7 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
anxious mood (38) stress (1)
  • 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 2
20s 105
30s 548
40s 1,975
50s 3,642
60s 2,803
70+ 834
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 473
20-29 years 941
30-39 years 1,632
40-49 years 1,993
50-59 years 1,060
60-69 years 249
70+ years 49

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 7,266
Not Diagnosed 181

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