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Fast Facts for Osteoarthritis (OA)

 
  • OA is the most common joint disorder in the world, and the most common form of arthritis.
  • OA is most commonly found in the spine, hands and the weight bearing joints: spine, knees, hips, and feet.
  • OA is hereditary, but may also result from overuse of a joint, injury, and being overweight.
  • OA that begins without a known cause is known as Primary Osteoarthritis. OA that results from an injury or overuse is referred to as Secondary Osteoarthritis.
  • OA symptoms vary depending on the individual.† Some OA sufferers may experience a slight ache in the affected joint, while others may experience pain and stiffness.
  • OA results from a deterioration of cartilage. Healthy cartilage enables the bones to move effortlessly and smoothly through the joint.† When the cartilage wears away, the bone will meet friction; bone on bone.† The exposure of the joint can cause bone spurs to develop as well, causing severe pain or restriction of movement.
  • Women are more likely than men to develop OA.
  • By the age of 65, approximately 80% of the general population (US) will have radiographic evidence of OA, and 60% of those individuals will have symptoms that require medical attention.
  • An early diagnosis will allow for an appropriate management plan.† Physicians believe that the damage to bones begins within two years of the onset of the disease.† Following the management plan and going to your doctor at the first sign of trouble, can alleviate symptoms and long-term complications.
  • A healthy diet, exercising, and taking a liquid Glucosamine supplement are the best tools at managing OA naturally and effectively.†
  • Liquid Glucosamine can aid the body in promoting new and healthy cartilage growth.† It can also stimulate synovial fluid (the cushioning of the joint).
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