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Osteoarthritis is an age-related disease with means one's increases risk as one grows older. Therefore, as life expectancy continues to improve, there has been an attendant increase in the prevalence of the disease. Other risk factors for Osteoarthritis are: female sex, genetic factors, and previous joint injury.

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Osteoarthritis is an increasingly common cause of disability in those over the age of 55 years, all over the world. It has been anticipated that in the next nine years, a total of 67 million Americans over the age of 18 years may be affected by Osteoarthritis.

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