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What is osteoarthritis (OA)?



OA is a dynamic process characterized by an imbalance between tissue break down and tissue repair. It is more complex than simply “wear and tear”.

Pain is the main symptom of OA and drives individual health care decisions. Pain comes from multiple sources:

  1. Inflammation can be a direct cause of pain

  2. With persistent pain, changes in the nervous system create increased awareness of pain and an abnormal response to painful and/or non-painful stimuli

What causes osteoarthritis (OA)?

OA has some risk factors that we are unable to change, and others that we are able to modify and control. It is important to focus your attention on the things you can change!