Osteoarthritis—aka degenerative joint disease—is one of the most common chronic joint conditions, hindering daily activities, and decreasing productivity of 30 million Americans(in 2013 alone).
cThe disease was ranked as the second most expensive treatment offered at healthcare facilities. In 2016, the annual cost of treatment amounted to $16.5 billion.
905,000 hip and knee replacements took place in the United States leading to a total expense of $43.2 billion.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage protecting your bones gets damaged, resulting in swelling and pain. Though it can affect any joint in our body, our hands, hips, knees, and spine are the most commonly affected areas.