Osteoarthritis: What you need to know.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition and the most common form of arthritis. It’s characterized by a breakdown of cartilage, particularly in the larger joints of the body (hips and knees), but can also affect smaller joints like those in the hand.
It’s important to understand that osteoarthritis is not just a consequence of aging or normal wear and tear. It’s an actual disease process. Even people in their twenties can develop this type of arthritis.
In Canada, osteoarthritis is a big problem. By 2040, an estimated 12 million Canadians will have it, forcing them to deal with pain and other symptoms for decades.
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Dr. Jackie Whittaker, Arthritis Research Canada research scientist and physiotherapist, talks osteoarthritis facts, prevention, research and more in the below videos.