Osteoarthritis is one of the biggest burdens on Australians as it gets tagged as the disease for $23 billion worth of healthcare spending per year. So what is it and how do we treat it?
Osteoarthritis is by definition a joint change. It’s something we all can look forward to in some form or another in our lives as we age and our joints adapt and alter through the ageing process. There is a strong link between osteoarthritis and pain but it’s not always as direct as you may think. There are many of us walking around pain-free on joints that when scanned show up significant osteoarthritis changes, and many more suffering from chronic pain and disability with joints that show much less degeneration under a scan.