• Everyone is friendly and very informative.

      They explain all procedures and why. The staff is courteous and friendly and they listen. They ask often if you need anything, are friendly and smiling. A smile always goes a long way, even when you don’t feel like smiling.

      -Diane, Study Participant
    • Wonderful!

      Everyone is so friendly each time I have an appointment.

      -Gloria, Study Participant
    • Well executed, punctual. 

      Good job, keep up the good work.

      -Joel, Study Participant
    • The staff is upbeat, friendly and positive. 

      Very willing to make the testing sessions as comfortable as if one is at home. The staff treats me with care, compassion and understanding.

      -Mary Ann, Study Participant
    • Educational, pleasant, concerned with my health, 

      as well as the study performance. A combination of professional and a concerned family.

      -Michael, Study Participant
    • Very pleasant and friendly staff.

      They are very considerate to make every effort to make me comfortable.

      -Ralph, Study Participant
    • I am never anxious on visits; 

      very helpful staff.

      -Donald, Study Participant
    • Thanks for the important work you are doing. 

      ALL of you are great.

      -Jolene, Study Participant
    • Laura R, Dr. Holcomb and the rest of the staff are super professionals! 

      Happy to be part of this study; will recommend this clinic to others!

      -Lou, Study Participant
    • Lisa Lopez and the entire staff are extremely professional, courteous, welcoming, etc. 

      I never felt I was in a doctor’s office; it felt like being at home.

      -Sara, Study Participant

    Osteoarthritis

    Currently Enrolling


    About Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is characterized by the loss of cartilage in a joint. As a result, the joint is painful and may have stiffness and swelling.

    Osteoarthritis was previously known as degenerative arthritis because it was thought to be a natural result of the cumulative wear and tear associated with aging. While it is true that osteoarthritis generally has its onset after age 40, we know now that there are a number of factors which contribute to its development. For example, genetics, gender, obesity, and previous joint trauma, all appear to have a role.

    OA affects 25 million adults in the U.S. The joint most likely to cause symptoms is the knee. This is one of the reasons that when studies of OA are performed, the knee model is most often used. As we age, osteoarthritis becomes more likely. Women are two to three times more likely to have OA symptoms than men. 

    Other risk factors include injury, occurrence in other family members and certain occupations that require repetitive movement. A modifiable cause of OA is excess weight.