Primary osteoarthritis. Considered “wear and tear” osteoarthritis, this type of osteoarthritis is more commonly diagnosed. Here’s what experts know about primary osteoarthritis:
- People tend to develop this type of osteoarthritis around age 55 or 60, says Yusuf Yazici, MD, a rheumatologist at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York.
- It’s associated with aging — the longer you use the joints, the more likely you are to have this form of osteoarthritis.
- Experts say that if we live long enough, we’ll all get this type of osteoarthritis to some extent, whether it’s very mild or more severe.