WHERE DOES OA COME FROM?

THE MOST COMMON JOINT DISEASE WORLDWIDE

Almost any joint in the body can be affected but the condition most often causes problems in the knees, hips and small joints of the hands.

Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint disease that is linked to cartilage breakdown and can occur in almost any joint in the body (mostly the ones that bear weight, such as the knee and hip). The elderly are not the only ones affected by steoarthritis. Although it is more common in older people, athletes and younger individuals are also susceptible to suffer of osteoarthritis.

You might experience joint aches, pain, stiffness or even joint swelling. The symptoms of osteoarthritis most often develop gradually with time; although there is no cure, there are different treatments available to ease your pain and restore your mobility.

How it works

How OA is diagnosed ?

Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly and worsens over time, leading to symptoms such as:

Pain

The pain tends to be worse when you move the joint or at the end of the day.

Stiffness

Stiffness is commonly experienced first thing in the morning or after a long period of inactivity such as a car ride.

LOSS OF FLEXIBILITY

You might not be able to move your joint through its full range of motion.

SWELLING

This might be caused by soft tissue inflammation around the joint.

GRATING OR CRACKLING

Joints may feel like they are grating or creaking as the bones rub against each other.

The exact cause is not known, but several things are thought to increase the risk factors:

OLDER AGE

The risk of developing OA increases with age.

GENDER

Women are more likely to develop OA than men.

OBESITY

Extra weight puts mor stress on joints.

JOINT INJURIES OR OVERUSE

Repetitive stress on a joint or an injury can damage a joint and increase the risk of OA in that joint.

GENETIC FACTORS

Some people can inherit a tendency to develop OA.

BONE DEFORMITIES

Some people are born with abnormalities and develop malformed joints or defective cartilage.

CERTAIN METABOLIC DISEASES

Sometimes OA is a result of damage from a different kind of disease. Other factors such as the weather and diet may affect the symptoms of OA but aren’t a direct cause of it.

Ready to get started?

See if HA is right for me

Am I a candidate ?

Begin a treatment plan

Find a treatment center

Extend The Life
Of The Natural Joint

How it works