Osteoarthritis also known as degenerative arthritis is the most commonly occurred chronic condition that affects joints, especially those in the knees, neck, and lower back. Osteoarthritis leads to severe joint pain and stiffness of the affected body part. These symptoms may occur in the initial stages following some physical exercise, however, persists long after the activity. Several other symptoms of osteoarthritis include decreased range of motion, joint swelling as well as numbness of the legs and arms. This numbness is mostly found in the end joints of the fingers, neck, and lower back as well as base of the thumb, hips, and knees. The progression of osteoarthritis results in movement patterns and can ultimately result in joint effusion, usually in the knees. Osteoarthritis can be treated by several treatments, which include exercise for reducing joint pain, pain medications, and support groups. Pain medication includes drugs such as paracetamol, naproxen, and ibuprofen. Joint replacement is opted in cases of severe pain that results in interference with the regular activities.
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Osteoarthritis as one of the most prevalent chronic diseases across the globe
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016, reveals that there are over 100 types of arthritis and the most common form is osteoarthritis. Arthritis affected around 54.4 million adults in the U.S. during 2013- 2015. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 2014, over US$ 156 billion are dedicated annually in lost wages and medical expenses towards treatment of arthritis. Moreover, Barbour 2017 states that arthritis affects 1 in every 4 adults in U.S. The Arthritis Foundation also reveals that out of the 54.4 million arthritic patients in the U.S., around 30.8 million suffered from osteoarthritis, in 2015. These key stats provide direct growth opportunities to the key players involved in the global osteoarthritis treatment market.
Cost-effective and innovative medications responsible to drive the global osteoarthritis treatment market
The emergence of new and cost effective medications for the treatment of osteoarthritis is the major growth driver of the global osteoarthritis treatment market. The Tanezumab, a drug jointly developed by Pfizer and Eli Lily, 2017, used for the chronic lower back pain relief in osteoarthritis, is awaiting FDA approval, which is expected to help millions of people. Obesity, increasing number of orthopedic injuries, crystal deposition, old age, joint injury, increasing number of pipeline drugs, and rising awareness among people are few other factors responsible for driving growth of the global osteoarthritis treatment market. However, less adoption of osteoarthritis treatment and side effects associated with of these treatments are expected to hinder the growth of the global osteoarthritis treatment market.
The key players operating the global osteoarthritis market are Johnson & Johnson Ltd., Abbott Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc., Novartis AG, Eli Lily and Co., Abiogen Pharma, Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Halyard Health, and BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.
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