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
107
Tried for
osteoarthritis (106) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
pain (83) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
pain (71) osteoarthritis (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
pain (56) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
depressed mood (40) pain (7)
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)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
anxious mood (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
pain (28) osteoarthritis (7)
1 more

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
63
Tried for
osteoarthritis (106) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (51 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness balance problems 40 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
pain (83) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (60 evaluations)
Side effects
itching sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
pain (71) osteoarthritis (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (56) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (34 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 8 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
osteoarthritis (60) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain drowsiness 9 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (38) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog constant tiredness 58 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
depressed mood (40) pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 13 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
pain (36) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes drowsy in morning 4 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
anxious mood (36)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 3 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (28) osteoarthritis (7)
1 more
  • 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 113
30s 536
40s 2054
50s 3838
60s 3145
70+ 1043
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 501
20-29 years 999
30-39 years 1723
40-49 years 2099
50-59 years 1116
60-69 years 261
70+ years 51

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1110
Female 9681

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8827
Not Diagnosed 126

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