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 for osteoarthritis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Outpatient PT)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2006
Tried for
osteoarthritis (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1833
Tried for
osteoarthritis (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
556
Tried for
osteoarthritis (5)

Data from patients with osteoarthritis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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)

(Outpatient PT)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (28 evaluations)
Side effects
pain back pain 8 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
osteoarthritis (70)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (12 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux bleed easily 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
osteoarthritis (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Capsin)
Perceived effectiveness
for osteoarthritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation in skin
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
osteoarthritis (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with osteoarthritis, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has osteoarthritis on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 1508 say osteoarthritis is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 84
30s 451
40s 1785
50s 3806
60s 3730
70+ 1457
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 506
20-29 years 1013
30-39 years 1760
40-49 years 2139
50-59 years 1145
60-69 years 273
70+ years 51

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1193
Female 10181

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9051
Not Diagnosed 127

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