Department of Critical Care Medicine, Cairo University Hospitals, Egypt
Submission: July 29, 2017; Published: August 18, 2017
ISSN: 2576-8875Volume1 Issue1
Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent chronic degenerative joint disease involving articular cartilage and is a frequent cause of chronic joint pain, loss of function, and disability . In men ages more than 50 years, osteoarthritis represents the second leading cause of work disability. Its incidence has doubled in women and tripled in men over the last 20 years . The prevalence and incidence of osteoarthritis are presumed to accelerate with increase in life expectancy & sports activity of the general population, as well as the progressive nature of disease itself . Furthermore, osteoarthritis is responsible for approximately 2% of all public health expenses  and large indirect costs derived from productivity decrease .