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Learn the Basics

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, causes inflammation of one or more joints in the body and is the most common form of arthritis. It affects more than 27 million people, making it a leading cause of disability in American adults.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis, is a degenerative joint disease that causes inflammation of the joints in the body.

Osteoarthritis Causes

Learn how Osteoarthritis is caused when the cartilage wears away between the bones of a joint.

Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis symptoms include pain commonly in the hands, hips, knees and feet.

Osteoarthritis Risk Factors

Osteoarthritis risk factors include obesity, joint injury or repetitive joint stress as well as lifestyle, gender and genetics.

Osteoarthritis Doctors

Learn that osteoarthritis care is available from a wide variety of healthcare professionals.

Osteoarthritis Diagnosis and Tests

Healthcare professionals use a variety of assessments including degenerative joint tests and physical exams to diagnose osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis Prevention

Learn how maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding stress on weight-bearing joints can help prevent osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis Treatments

Osteoarthritis treatment range from physical therapy, to steroid injections and surgery.

Osteoarthritis Medications

Osteoarthritis medications range from pain relievers such as acetaminophen to Corticosteroid injections.

Osteoarthritis Alternative Treatments

Osteoarthritis alternative treatment includes acupuncture, accupressure and hydrotherapy.

Explore the Human Skeletal System

Take a 3D tour of the human skeletal system!