Features December 2013 Issue

Women and Osteoarthritis

Understanding why OA has a female preference is the first step to relieving pain, says a Cleveland Clinic expert.

As the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) impacts almost 27 million people in the United States—and women are the number one targets of the condition. A combination of risk factors almost guarantees that a woman over age 55 will develop OA.

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