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Measuring the social impact of osteoarthritis

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Measuring the social impact of osteoarthritis
Dr. Anthony Perruccio, left, and Dr. Rajiv Gandhi

​​​​​​​​Dr. ​​​​​​​​​​​​Anthony Perruccio, left, and Dr. Rajiv Gandhi are examining the concept of healthy aging.

Joint pain often robs people of the ability to enjoy life and can lead to depression Daina Lawren​ce ​​​

Betwe​en 4.8 and 5.3 million Canadians live with osteoarthritis (OA), and many begin to pull away from their social circles and neighbourhood networks as a result of complications from the disease. It's painful or difficult to leave the house, so they choose not to.

Research surrounding OA has traditionally focused on the physical manifestations of the disease, severe joint pain and limited range of joint movement leading to difficulties performing day-to-day activities – but experts are realizing the need to investigate the disease's impact on one's quality of life within the broader social context.