Osteoarthritis is a condition characterised by the breakdown of the cartilage that lines joint surfaces and is commonly seen in joints such as the knee and hip. If you have knee osteoarthritis, you may experience pain and or swelling in the knee, morning stiffness and difficulty standing or walking after sitting for long periods of time.
How Many Australians Live With Osteoarthritis?
Approximately 2.2 million Australian’s live with Osteoarthritis (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017–18 National Health Survey); and the they represented 62% of all arthritic conditions in 2017–18.
1 in 5 Australians over the age of 45 have Osteoarthritis and approximately one-third of people aged 75 and over experience this condition.
So you could say that it’s pretty common.