What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common type of arthritis in which there is a gradual loss of cartilage from the joints. Common osteoarthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness, some loss of joint motion, and changes in the shape of affected joints. Although OA can affect almost any joint, it most often affects the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that gradually worsens over time; however, there are several measures that may slow its progression and control symptoms. The diagnosis of OA is the first step in ensuring the appropriate treatment of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis Risk Factors:
1. Age. This is a chronic condition that gradually worsens over time; symptoms are rare in those below the age of 40 but are present , at least in x-ray by 80% of people 55 years or older. However x-ray appearance does not translate into symptoms of pain in all people.
2. Gender. Although the reason is unknown, women are 2-3 times more likely to develop OA than men.
3. Obesity. Excessive weight increases the risk of osteoarthritis. Weight loss can decrease this link.
4. Occupation. Certain occupations that require excessive squatting, kneeling, lifting heavy objects, standing and walking are linked to higher incidences of OA.
5. OA has been found in individuals that participated in certain sports such as wrestling, football, gymnastics, soccer, parachuting, boxing, cycling, and ballet dancing. Surprisingly, running has not been linked to an increase in OA.
Our Current Studies in Osteoarthritis (OA):
Below is a summary of our current trials, if you are interested in learning more, simply click on the trial's name to answer a few qualifying questions and request a contact by our research staff:
This study looks at the cardiovascular safety of Celecoxib, Naproxen, and Ibuprofen in patients with Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis who have or are at high risk for Cardiovascular Disease. Compensation for time and travel is available.