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
101
Tried for
osteoarthritis (100) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
osteoarthritis (62) pain (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
pain (69) osteoarthritis (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
pain (51) osteoarthritis (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
depressed mood (39) pain (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
pain (38) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
pain (36) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (36) osteoarthritis (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
anxious mood (35)

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 (41 evaluations)
Side effects
pain muscle pain 15 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
osteoarthritis (100) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (55 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 50 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
pain (84) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (36 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 12 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
osteoarthritis (62) pain (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (56 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness itching 17 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
pain (69) osteoarthritis (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (51) osteoarthritis (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 50 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
depressed mood (39) pain (7)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain drowsiness 9 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (38) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 11 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (36) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness elevated liver enzymes 4 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (36) osteoarthritis (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes brain fog 7 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (35)
  • 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 114
30s 538
40s 2040
50s 3853
60s 3248
70+ 1111
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 505
20-29 years 1005
30-39 years 1744
40-49 years 2115
50-59 years 1122
60-69 years 264
70+ years 51

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1134
Female 9831

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8931
Not Diagnosed 127

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