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TODAY and Osteoarthritis

Although osteoarthritis is common in Americans 65 years of age or older, osteoarthritis is known to be caused by more than age-associated “wear-and-tear” on the joints.

TOMORROW and Osteoarthritis

By 2030, an estimated 20 percent of Americans, which is about 70 million people will have passed their 65th birthday and will be at increased risk for osteoarthritis. Over the next 2-decades, however, advances from NIH-funded research may enable many of these individuals to be spared the pain and disability that osteoarthritis causes today.

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National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): www.niams.nih.gov