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.

How do members experience osteoarthritis?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with osteoarthritis*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for osteoarthritis*

*Data from patients with osteoarthritis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with osteoarthritis*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Outpatient PT)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
joint crackling (crepitus)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
osteoarthritis (11)
Treatment

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
osteoarthritis (7)

*Data from patients with osteoarthritis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has osteoarthritis on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 40
30s 328
40s 1,278
50s 3,308
60s 4,398
70+ 2,530

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,272
Female 10,615