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Impact of Osteoarthritis
The medical technology industry is continually advancing and developing new innovations that improve the health and well-being of patients worldwide.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive, destructive disease of the major joints for which there is no cure. It is a leading cause of disability in the U.S. Twenty-seven million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis.
Did You Know
Patients with walking impairments from OA are reported to run a risk of early death that is 1.48 times higher than the general population. In fact, 40% of men and 57% of women with knee OA are physically inactive. The CDC reports that 47% of adults with arthritis in the U.S. have one or more other serious health problems. Common health issues and their rates in adults with arthritis include:
- Heart disease, 24%
- Chronic respiratory conditions, 19%
- Diabetes, 16%
- Stroke, 7%
Total Joint Replacement Helps Patients Return to Their Lives and Contributes to Improved General Health
Total joint replacement has been shown to restore mobility, relieve pain, and help osteoarthritis patients return to normal life: