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
82
Tried for
pain (73) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
osteoarthritis (76) pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
pain (73) osteoarthritis (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
pain (51) 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
47
Tried for
pain (37) osteoarthritis (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
depressed mood (35) pain (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (38) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
anxious mood (37) 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 (55 evaluations)
Side effects
pain increased pain 23 more
Total evaluations
81
Tried for
osteoarthritis (138) 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 (73) anxious mood (6)
3 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 (76) pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (66 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
pain (73) osteoarthritis (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (51) 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 (37) osteoarthritis (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
depressed mood (35) pain (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 14 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (38) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bipolar depressive episodes 9 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (37) 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 0
20s 82
30s 428
40s 1,554
50s 2,889
60s 2,183
70+ 635
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 377
20-29 years 751
30-39 years 1,259
40-49 years 1,537
50-59 years 812
60-69 years 181
70+ years 36

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,762
Not Diagnosed 144

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