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
109
Tried for
osteoarthritis (109) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
pain (86) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
pain (73) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
osteoarthritis (62) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
pain (41) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
depressed mood (39) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
pain (41) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
depressed mood (33) 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 (40 evaluations)
Side effects
pain muscle pain 16 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
osteoarthritis (109) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (59 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 44 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
pain (86) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (61 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness itching 18 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
pain (73) osteoarthritis (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (35 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain acid reflux 8 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
osteoarthritis (62) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (56) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (41) osteoarthritis (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness abdominal pain 54 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
depressed mood (39) pain (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 16 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
pain (41) joint pain (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (20 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 3 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (28) osteoarthritis (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (33) 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 2
20s 103
30s 534
40s 2,006
50s 3,769
60s 3,047
70+ 1,002
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 495
20-29 years 984
30-39 years 1,682
40-49 years 2,050
50-59 years 1,093
60-69 years 258
70+ years 50

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,090
Female 9,430

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8,593
Not Diagnosed 125

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