Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear of the cartilage surrounding the bone that occurs over time. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and is estimated to affect 15% of people worldwide.
Many people who suffer from osteoarthritis experience stiff and sore joints, and can occur in different joints such as knees, hips, fingers, and toes. Osteoarthritis makes everyday tasks much more difficult, and can significantly hinder quality of life.
Several factors can contribute to the cause of osteoarthritis, including genetics, lifestyle, and injuries. Many medications can help alleviate the symptoms of OA, however an active and healthy lifestyle is also recommended for reducing osteoarthritis pain.
You may be eligible to volunteer in an osteoarthritis Pain study if you:
- suffer from hip or knee discomfort
- have symptoms requiring pain management