Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, affecting the hands, spine, and joints, including the hips, ankles, and knees.
This condition involves the breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in joints. This causes the bones to rub together, resulting in pain, swelling, and a loss of motion. Because it’s progressive, osteoarthritis tends to get worse over time.
While it can affect people of all ages, the prevalence increases drastically beyond the age of 45, while it’s most common in adults over the age of 75. In fact, 36% of people in this age group experience osteoarthritis.
Between 2017-2018, it was estimated that approximately 2.2 million people were suffering from osteoarthritis in Australia. This means that today, 1 in 11 Australians are living with this condition.