Listen, as Dr. Weber describes osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a decrease in the normal cartilage, articular cartilage, within the joint and, we see this as a normal aging response to the joint; very common as we get older to develop some osteoarthritis. Females tend to be a little bit more prone to osteoarthritis compared to males, but we see it in all comers.
We also see in a younger population and potentially after a traumatic injury to a joint, such as an intra-articular fracture that affected the joint, can predisposed an individual to earlier development of osteoarthritis, but in general, as we age, we start to see more and more osteoarthritis, or changes within the joint, or degeneration.
About Dr. Weber, M.D.:
Dr. Kathy Weber, the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, possesses a unique expertise with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Weber received her M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1996 and subsequently completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. After completing her residency, Dr. Weber was asked to remain at Rush for an additional year to assume the prestigious position of Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego.