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Who gets osteoarthritis?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, 27 million American adults have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is more common in older people. But younger people may get the disease through injury or genetic bone or metabolic defects. Because most osteoarthritis results from wear and tear, the chance of developing the disease increases as people age. Before age 45, more men than women get the disease. After age 45, more women than men are affected. Other risk factors include being overweight and having a job that causes particular stress to joints.

From: What Is Hand Osteoarthritis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 08, 2018

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