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
89
Tried for
osteoarthritis (87) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
pain (61) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
osteoarthritis (45) pain (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
pain (54) osteoarthritis (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (44) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
pain (32) osteoarthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
depressed mood (30) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
anxious mood (28)

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 (30 evaluations)
Side effects
pain muscle pain 11 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
osteoarthritis (87) limited range of motion (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 35 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
pain (61) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (23 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bleed easily 11 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
osteoarthritis (45) pain (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (47 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness nausea 12 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
pain (54) osteoarthritis (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 8 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (44) joint pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain drowsiness 9 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (32) osteoarthritis (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog weight gain 43 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (30) pain (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
heartburn vertigo 3 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (26) osteoarthritis (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime sleepiness drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes brain fog 7 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (28)
  • 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 103
30s 514
40s 1972
50s 3833
60s 3373
70+ 1199
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 503
20-29 years 1007
30-39 years 1744
40-49 years 2115
50-59 years 1126
60-69 years 265
70+ years 51

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1151
Female 9904

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8948
Not Diagnosed 128

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