Osteoarthritis (OA)

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Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects joints, commonly among the elderly, causing swelling, pain, tenderness, and stiffness, which can lead to difficulties in movement and impact one's quality of life. There is no permanent cure for OA, but medications such as pain relievers can help manage the symptoms to some extent. The knee, shoulder, lower back, hip, and hands are the most commonly affected joints. OA is the most widespread form of joint disease, affecting about 13% of the world's population.