Epidemiology and burden of osteoarthritis.

  title={Epidemiology and burden of osteoarthritis.},
  author={Anna E Litwic and Mark Hiley Edwards and Elaine M. Dennison and Cyrus Cooper},
  journal={British medical bulletin},
BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease involving the cartilage and many of its surrounding tissues. Disease progression is usually slow but can ultimately lead to joint failure with pain and disability. OA of the hips and knees tends to cause the greatest burden to the population as pain and stiffness in these large weight-bearing joints often leads to significant disability requiring surgical intervention. SOURCES OF DATA The article reviews the existing data on… CONTINUE READING