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Six hundred million people will be affected by osteoarthritis worldwide in 2050! Every day, these people suffer from pain at motion and are limited in their daily activities. Their joints are deformed, crack and move with difficulty.

Unfortunately, the number of affected people will continue to increase during the next decade because of several factors like population growth, ageing due to increased life expectancy, increased obesity prevalence and lack of treatment able to stop the progression of the disease. Therefore, we can anticipate that in industrialized countries, the social and economic burden of osteoarthritis will rise rapidly. For all these reasons, osteoarthritis is considered as a public health problem and should be a research priority.

It is urgent to accelerate the development of new therapies with less adverse effect, with a better efficacy on symptoms and with an action on the disease progression. Another urgent need is prevention! By reducing weight in overweight patients, by changing eating habits, by preventing joint trauma, or by better treatment of co-morbidities, it is possible to prevent osteoarthritis incidence and progression. Osteoarthritic patients need to listen, to be heard and to be defended. It is for them, their relatives and health professionals that the Osteoarthritis Foundation organized the World
Osteoarthritis Day Intergenerational Events (WODIES), a unique event fully dedicated to osteoarthritis. This edition of our event is located in Brussels, as it offers a convenient and pleasant setting for popular events.

We look forward to meeting you on September 14-15 2019 and we will make this event all the more memorable.

Professor Yves Henrotin

The Osteoarthritis Foundation President

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Osteoarthritis Quiz

World Osteoarthritis Day Intergenerational Events 2019


Osteoarthritis is more widespread among the elderly.

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70% of people above 70 years of age have osteoarthritis. Surprisingly, only 50% of them are not aware that they have the disease since this condition is asymptomatic half of the time. The only evidence of joint damages shows up in the X-rays.

Can Osteoarthritis affect all joints?

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OA tends to affect mainly hips, knees, but also the spine and fingers. However, it can also develop in any joint where the bones are losing their cushioning, and the cartilage is wearing out.

Physical activities are deleterious for osteoarthritic joint?

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There are many myths about osteoarthritis pain and physical activities. Regular physical activity helps to manage osteoarthritic pain, improves joint function, and maintains high performance musculature. Of course, physical activities exposing joints to trauma, like soccer or football, should be avoided.

A knee brace can help to reduce your osteoarthritis pain.

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Certain types of knee braces might assist in reducing your Osteoarthritis pain, by minimizing pressure on the knee. The ‘unloader' brace redirects the weight away from the damaged side of the knee, enabling you to walk without having to dread each step.

People with osteoarthritis will have to take anti-inflammatory medications for their entire life.

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) help to relieve swelling, inflammation, and pain. However, they also have certain side effects like bleeding ulcers and stomach upset. You can lower this risk by consuming the lowest dose within the shortest time to get relief. You should always take the NSAIDs with food while avoiding alcohol. You can also try other pain treatments like exercise and cold or heat.

Knee osteoarthritis is associated with higher cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and renal mortality

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Participants with early onset of radiographic knee osteoarthritis, or those with radiographic knee osteoarthritis who were obese, were at higher risk of mortality from all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and/or diabetes than those diagnosed after the age of 40 years and those who did not have obesity.

Osteoarthritis does not affect younger people.

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Osteoarthritis isn’t exclusive to the elderly population since it can also affect younger people. In general, Osteoarthritis in younger is secondary to joint trauma. Therefore, to prevent trauma and to treat properly injury joints may contribute to reduce risk of osteoarthritis.

Animals can also develop osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis is the most popular type of arthritis in animals, as it is in humans. It affects dogs, small birds, cat and horses among other animals.

There is no cure for osteoarthritis

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The current treatments only aim at improving mobility and managing the symptoms of osteoarthritis. This might include the surgeries of joint replacements that assist the individual in regaining of mobility and decreasing osteoarthritis pain.

One can develop osteoarthritis by being physically overactive or physically inactive

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Lack of exercise tends to weaken bones and muscles, decreasing support and flexibility in the joints. This eventually leads to stiffness and pain. On the other hand, over-exercising can be dangerous to joints.

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