Osteoarthritis

Frequently Asked Questions

4. How does osteoarthritis impact activities of daily living?

Osteoarthritis affects different people differently. It may progress quickly, but for most people, joint damage develops gradually over years. In some people, osteoarthritis is relatively mild and interferes little with day-to-day life. In others, it causes significant pain and disability.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability among older adults. Many people with osteoarthritis find their movements or activities limited to some degree because of stiffness, limited range of motion, and pain.