The painful and debilitating condition that is arthritis

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Cartilage breakdown: With OA, the cartilage within a joint begins to break down.

Who's most at risk: Women are more prone to OA than men.

Reduced function and disability: In extreme cases of OA, severe loss of cartilage leads to bone rubbing on bone to alter the shape of the joint.

Other risk factors: But OA takes no prisoners.

What is arthritis: Arthritis is a disease that affects your joints.

Formation of osteophytes: Later still, pain and discomfort worsen as stiffness and swelling kick in.

A degenerative joint disease: Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as a degenerative joint disease, associated as it is with the "wear and tear" of joints in the hands, hips, and knees.

Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease and the second most common form of the disorder.

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis.

A painful process: Over time, the cartilage starts to roughen and thin out, meaning that the tendons and ligaments have to work harder.

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