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Is osteoarthritis a major cause of disability?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Osteoarthritis is a major cause of disability, especially among the elderly. More than a third of people age 65 and older have osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis or OA occurs when cartilage in the joints wears away, causing bones to rub against each other. This leads to debilitating pain, stiffness and reduced movement, and can interfere with a person's ability to work and perform normal daily activities such as climbing stairs and climbing in and out of the bathtub.

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