Osteoarthritis, or OA, affects more than 27 million Americans making it the most common form of arthritis. Known as the “wear and tear” arthritis, it occurs when the cushioning (cartilage) between the joints breaks down causing symptoms like pain, swelling, and stiffness. Many factors come in to play when it comes to determining whether or not you will develop OA, and simply getting older doesn’t mean OA is in your cards.

Myth #1: Developing OA is normal part of the aging process. OA is NOT a normal part of aging. Several factors like weight, age, genetics, and injury history can all play a factor in the development of OA.

Myth #2: No one in my family has osteoarthritis, so I’m off the hook. While genes play a factor, lifestyle choices play a big part too. You shouldn’t think that you could never develop the disease simply because your family members don’t have it.

Myth #3: My diet doesn’t affect my OA. Hello, lifestyle factors! Did you know that for every extra pound of excess weight you carry, you’re exerting about 4 pounds of extra pressure on your knees? Think what a difference losing just a few pounds could make!

Myth #4: Exercise will make my OA pain worse. It’s important to keep a regular exercise routine when you have OA. Staying sedentary could make things worse! Low-impact exercises that don’t put a lot of pressure on joints like walking, yoga, swimming, and cycling are all excellent options.

If you or someone you love is looking for new treatment options when it comes to managing symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, clinical studies are enrolling now. Qualified participants who participate have access to potential new OA medications, and receive care from board-certified physicians and other medical staff. Those that qualify may also be compensated for time and travel expenses. If you have OA, learn more about this exciting research opportunities in your area by clicking HERE.