Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common chronic health conditions and a leading cause of pain and disability among adults. OA was previously believed be part of the natural process of aging. However, although age is a risk factor, several other factors also contribute to OA risk; these include obesity, joint stress, female gender, and genetic susceptibility. Furthermore, there are several differences between aging cartilage and joint cartilage in OA, suggesting that OA is a distinct disease, and not simply a consequence of aging.
Anthony Albers(MD CM, FRCPC)
Jahed Khoshnood(BSc, PharmD, RPh)