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
89
Tried for
osteoarthritis (87) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
pain (60) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
osteoarthritis (40) pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
pain (46) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
pain (43) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
pain (31) osteoarthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (30) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (31) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (24) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)

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 (34 evaluations)
Side effects
pain back pain 12 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
osteoarthritis (87) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 33 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
pain (60) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (19 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bleed easily 9 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
osteoarthritis (40) pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (43 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 7 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
pain (46) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 8 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (43) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain drowsiness 9 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (31) osteoarthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 45 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (30) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (31) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased kidney function heartburn 2 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (24) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness itchy skin 2 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)
  • 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 1
20s 98
30s 485
40s 1925
50s 3841
60s 3523
70+ 1300
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 503
20-29 years 1011
30-39 years 1754
40-49 years 2128
50-59 years 1134
60-69 years 268
70+ years 51

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1170
Female 10062

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9008
Not Diagnosed 127

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