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What is Osteoarthritis?

 

Global Epidemic

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the leading causes of severe long-term pain and disability, with over 100 million individuals suffering from this debilitating disease world-wide.

In addition to the functional disability, reduced quality of life, and loss of income for the patient, OA is a major burden on health and social care systems.

Statistical highlights of the global impact of OA

*TKR (Total Knee Replacements)

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