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Think you know OA? Take our quiz to find out!

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Osteoarthritis can be confusing. Sometimes it's only mildly painful, other times severe. It often develops slowly, starting off as joint soreness or stiffness that occurs during ordinary activities like climbing stairs or standing in long lines. And unlike other types of arthritis, your odds of developing it increase with each passing birthday. To make sure you're up to speed on the ins and outs of osteoarthritis, just take our quiz!

1. My odds of developing osteoarthritis (OA) are low, so I shouldn't worry about it.
a. True b. False

2. What happens to the joints in OA?
a. Damage to cartilage causes abnormal joint function
b. Inflammation causes
damage to a joint
c. An overused joint is loose or unstable and suddenly "gives way'

2. Even if I do get OA, there's no cure and I'll just have to learn to live with it.
a. True b. False

4. Risk factors for OA include:
a. Getting older
b. Being overweight
c. Stresses on the joints from certain jobs and playing sports
d. All of the above

5. The joints that are most commonly affected by OA are the wrist and shoulder.
a. True b. False

6. People who run or exercise too much are more likely to develop OA.
a. True b. False

7. I don't need to see my doctor for OA pain unless it starts getting worse.
a. True b. False

8. Which of the following can help relieve
OA pain?
a. Losing weight
b. Having a medication or lubricating material injected into the affected joint
c. Taking oral medication
d. All of the above

Answer guide

1b. False. OA is the most common type of arthritis (affecting about 27 million Americans), and your odds of developing it increase beginning at age 45. In fact, 1 in 2 people will get some form of OA in their lifetime.

2 a. In OA, the usual repair process that takes place in joint cartilage is disrupted, causing the top layer of cartilage to wear away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, which causes pain, swelling and loss of motion. Joint damage due to inflammation occurs in RA, and a joint that "gives way" usually signals ligament or tendon injury.

3 b. False. While there isn't a cure for OA, there's a lot you can do to minimize pain and help joint mobility.

4 d. All of these increase your chances of
developing OA.

5 b. False. Although OA can affect any joint, it occurs most often in the hands, spine, knees and hips.

6 b. False. Studies show distance runners don't increase their risk of OA. Plus, exercise lowers your risk by strengthening the muscles that support joints. However, if you have OA, high-impact exercise like running may accelerate joint damage. That's why it's important to ask your healthcare provider for advice.

7 b. False. Many people think nothing can be done for everyday OA pain, but that's not the case. Treatment can help reduce pain and keep you mobile and active. If joint pain is interfering with your daily life, talk to your healthcare provider.

8 d. Your healthcare provider may suggest any of these options to relieve OA pain, along with other solutions like exercising and using a brace or cane. If your pain is chronic and severe, and these usual methods aren't helping, he may recommend a joint replacement.

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