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
77
Tried for
osteoarthritis (75) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
osteoarthritis (31) pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (35) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (26) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (31) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
depressed mood (23) osteoarthritis (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (28) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
27
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (19) osteoarthritis (5)
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 (28 evaluations)
Side effects
pain back pain 10 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
osteoarthritis (75) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 33 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (14 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bleed easily 5 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
osteoarthritis (31) pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (45 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
pain (35) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness elevated blood pressure 8 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (26) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness difficulty sleeping 2 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (31) joint pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 44 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (23) osteoarthritis (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (28) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment nausea
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased kidney function heartburn 4 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (19) osteoarthritis (5)
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?

  • 5 new patients joined this month
  • 1501 say osteoarthritis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 88
30s 459
40s 1822
50s 3810
60s 3681
70+ 1437
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 504
20-29 years 1014
30-39 years 1759
40-49 years 2139
50-59 years 1144
60-69 years 272
70+ years 51

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1191
Female 10169

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9049
Not Diagnosed 127

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