Research Progress Related to Osteoarthritis

NIAMS-funded research helps find new discoveries allowing people to live longer, healthier lives. NIAMS and the National Institutes of Health support research on osteoarthritis and are studying:

  • Epidemiology and pathogenesis of osteoarthritis.
  • Different risk factors for osteoarthritis.
  • Treatment options, prevention, and diagnosis of the disease.
  • Imaging methods for cartilage and joints.

In addition, studies continue to:

  • Evaluate human genetics of bone and cartilage and their interactions with the environment.
  • Examine biomarkers for osteoarthritis as potential surrogate endpoints for disease onset and progression.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of weight loss and exercise in managing the symptoms and outcomes in people with osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • Compare how different biologic factors may influence pain relief in people with osteoarthritis.

Read more about NIAMS-Supported Research Programs.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics

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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health National Institutes of Health

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National Institute on Aging Information Center, National Institutes of Health

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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American College of Rheumatology

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American Physical Therapy Association

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Arthritis Foundation

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National Spine Health Foundation

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Osteoarthritis Action Alliance

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