How common is joint pain?

Dr. Leithold explains how common joint pain is. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Joint pain is a common problem that many people have to live with and work to manage, according to Premier HealthNet (PHN) physicians.

The most common type of joint pain is osteoarthritis, according to PHN physicians.

Osteoarthritis (OA) – also known as degenerative joint disease – affects about 27 million Americans and can affect any joint, according to the Arthritis Foundation (AF). OA happens most often in the knees, hips, neck, lower back, and in the small joints of the fingers and bases of the thumb and big toe.

People over 65 years old are most commonly affected by OA, though it can happen in people of all ages, according to the AF.

For more information about joint pain, talk with your physician.

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