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
133
Tried for
osteoarthritis (133) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
Pain (76) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
Pain (77) osteoarthritis (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
osteoarthritis (75) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Pain (56) 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)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
depressed mood (40) Pain (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Pain (40) osteoarthritis (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (40) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Pain (37) joint pain (2)
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 (55 evaluations)
Side effects
increased pain muscle pain 23 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
osteoarthritis (133) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (55 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 38 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
Pain (76) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (68 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 21 more
Total evaluations
73
Tried for
Pain (77) osteoarthritis (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (37 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 10 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
osteoarthritis (75) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (56) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 8 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
Pain (39) osteoarthritis (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness drowsiness 56 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
depressed mood (40) Pain (8)
2 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 (40) osteoarthritis (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 17 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
Pain (40) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (37) joint pain (2)
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 1
20s 89
30s 498
40s 1,827
50s 3,373
60s 2,572
70+ 743
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 440
20-29 years 878
30-39 years 1,489
40-49 years 1,842
50-59 years 985
60-69 years 221
70+ years 47

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,712
Not Diagnosed 173

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