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
121
Tried for
osteoarthritis (121) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
pain (90) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
pain (80) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
osteoarthritis (67) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
pain (57) osteoarthritis (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
pain (42) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
depressed mood (41) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (45) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
pain (35) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (39) joint pain (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 (49 evaluations)
Side effects
pain muscle pain 21 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
osteoarthritis (121) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (61 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 47 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
pain (90) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (69 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness 16 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
pain (80) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (38 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 9 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
osteoarthritis (67) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 8 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (57) osteoarthritis (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (42) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (45 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness drowsiness 55 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
depressed mood (41) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 17 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (45) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 7 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (35) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 10 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
pain (39) joint pain (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 2
20s 105
30s 539
40s 1,981
50s 3,698
60s 2,918
70+ 925
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 483
20-29 years 963
30-39 years 1,658
40-49 years 2,013
50-59 years 1,072
60-69 years 254
70+ years 50

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,069
Female 9,152

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8,370
Not Diagnosed 121

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