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
113
Tried for
osteoarthritis (113) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
pain (84) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
pain (74) osteoarthritis (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
osteoarthritis (60) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
pain (51) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
pain (39) osteoarthritis (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
pain (41) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (28) osteoarthritis (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (33) 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 (42 evaluations)
Side effects
pain muscle pain 17 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
osteoarthritis (113) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (58 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 45 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
pain (84) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (64 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness dizziness 16 more
Total evaluations
69
Tried for
pain (74) osteoarthritis (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (35 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 8 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
osteoarthritis (60) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (51) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (39) osteoarthritis (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness abdominal pain 53 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
depressed mood (37) pain (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 16 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (41) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 7 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (28) osteoarthritis (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes drowsy in a.m. 3 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (33) 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 534
40s 1,976
50s 3,674
60s 2,958
70+ 941
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 484
20-29 years 962
30-39 years 1,659
40-49 years 2,012
50-59 years 1,074
60-69 years 255
70+ years 50

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,071
Female 9,174

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8,383
Not Diagnosed 122

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