The Plague of Aging & Osteoarthritis
It is the most common form of arthritis and the most common joint disease around.
It’s osteoarthritis, and its menacing effects on the knees alone plague the daily lives of more than 10 million people.
It sets its sights on the most experienced among us – those older than 45 – as well as the better looking (more women than men are typically affected by osteoarthritis), and it targets its pain at the ends of our fingers, thumbs, necks, lower backs, knees, and hips.
It can either wear away at the moving parts of our joints, such as the shock-absorbing cartilage called the meniscus, and expose our bones to greater wear and tear, or it can add on nasty bumps or spikes called bone spurs. One type, labeled nodal osteoarthritis, is the culprit in the bony enlargement of our joints, particularly in the hands.