The most common type of arthritis: Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disease or “wear-and-tear” arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 27 million Americans. OA occurs when joint cartilage and other connective tissue breaks down, causing pain and stiffness and hampering physical movement. It tends to affect commonly used joints such as the knees, hips, spine, and hands and is associated with risk factors such as age, obesity, trauma, overuse, and genetics. While OA can be effectively managed, there is no cure.