Skip to content

Classification of Osteoarthritis

Font Size

Topic Overview

Osteoarthritis is a common cartilage condition and a major cause of pain and disability in older adults. Primaryosteoarthritis results from changes over time often linked to things such as age, obesity, and a family history of osteoarthritis. Secondary osteoarthritis is caused by other conditions that damage cartilage.

Types of osteoarthritis
Primary osteoarthritis Secondary osteoarthritis

It is usually limited to one or a small number of joints.

It may be limited to a small number of joints if injury-related, or it may be in joints throughout body if disease-related.

It is seen in spine, hips, knees, thumbs, and top two sets of finger joints.

It is seen in hips, ankles, shoulders, wrists, and the middle set of finger joints.

No specific inflammatory or metabolic condition known to be associated with arthritis is present.

Conditions that cause damage to cartilage may be present, such as:

There is no history of specific injury or trauma.

There may be a history of injury to joints, such as fractures and tears, or history of trauma to joints, such as repetitive heavy lifting or kneeling.

1

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 09, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Next Article:

Classification of Osteoarthritis Topics

Hot Topics

WebMD Video: Now Playing

Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

feet
Solutions for 19 types.
MS Overview
Recognizing symptoms.
pregnancy test and calendar
Helping you get pregnant.
man rubbing painful knee
A visual guide.
lone star tick
How to identify that bite.
woman standing behind curtains
How it affects you.
brain scan with soda
Tips to avoid complications.
row of colored highlighter pens
Tips for living better.
human lungs
Symptoms, causes, treatments.
woman dreaming
What Do Your Dreams Say About You?
two male hands
Test your knowledge.

Women's Health Newsletter

Find out what women really need.