Osteoarthritis (OA), or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. It is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. As cartilage is the part of the joint that cushions the ends of bones and allows for easy movement, its breakdown causes bones to collide, resulting in stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint.
See also: Musculoskeletal Health
- Osteoarthritis Consumer Fact Sheet
- Osteoarthritis Section in The Savvy Woman Patient
- Living Well with Arthritis
- Size and Shape Matter: Osteoarthritis and Women (Briefing, Jan 2010)
- “Osteoarthritis: The Facts.” David J. Hunter, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, Nigel Arden, 2014
- “Mayo Clinic on Arthritis: How to manage pain and lead an active life.” Mayo Clinic (Author), Gene Hunder (Editor), 2014