There is no evidence that osteoarthritis alone decreases life span. Some studies find that people with osteoarthritis have a higher mortality rate than people of the same age but without osteoarthritis.
Does osteoarthritis shorten your life expectancy?
Osteoarthritis reduces the quality and quantity of life. By using Quality adjusted life Years (a measure of disease burden taking life quality into account) it can be said that the average, 50-84 year old, non-obese person with knee OA will lose 1.9 years.
How bad can osteoarthritis get?
Once OA starts, it can take years or even decades to reach severe joint damage. If severe joint damage develops, and symptoms are affecting your overall well-being and quality of life, surgery or joint replacement may help.
Will osteoarthritis cripple me?
Osteoarthritis is rarely crippling, but it can have a major impact on a person’s life. Many people miss work days or skip favorite activities when the pain flares up. The condition is responsible for more than 27.5 million outpatient visits per year, according to data from the Arthritis Foundation.
What type of arthritis is the most painful?
Rheumatoid arthritis can be one of the most painful types of arthritis; it affects joints as well as other surrounding tissues, including organs. This inflammatory, autoimmune disease attacks healthy cells by mistake, causing painful swelling in the joints, like hands, wrists and knees.
Can osteoarthritis be reversed?
You can’t reverse osteoarthritis, but there are things you can do to manage your pain and improve your symptoms. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage that acts as cushioning between your bones starts to fray and wear down over time.
Can you end up in a wheelchair with osteoarthritis?
Pain, stiffness, or difficulty moving could affect your mobility, making tasks like walking or driving very difficult. You may need to use a cane, walker, or wheelchair to get around.
Is osteoarthritis a disability?
Osteoarthritis can be considered a disability by the SSA. You can get Social Security disability with osteoarthritis.