Fit and Strong! An award-winning, evidence-based program for older adults with osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is one of the oldest and most common types of arthritis. When cartilage breaks down in the joints, it causes bones to rub against each other, resulting in serious pain and a severe loss of movement for the patient. The biological cause of the condition is unknown, but the incidence of osteoarthritis increases with age. Osteoarthritis is estimated to affect over 20 million Americans, with most of those sufferers over the age of 45. Women are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis after reaching the age of 50. Currently, there is no prevention of osteoarthritis or a method for slowing its progression, though some changes in lifestyle may reduce or delay symptoms. Treatment regiments often focus on decreasing pain and improving joint movement in the patient.