Patient information - Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (also known as OA) is the most common rheumatic disorder and a leading cause of disability. In OA, the cartilage deteriorates in quality and gets thinner and softer. This process occurs in any joint, but there are joints in which it is more common, such as the neck, lower back, knees, hips, thumbs, fingers and toes. It is a chronic condition that gets progressively worse over time although cartilage breakdown usually begins some years before any symptoms appear.

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