How does the prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) vary among racial groups?

Updated: Oct 12, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Interethnic differences in the prevalence of osteoarthritis have been noted. [60] The disorder is more prevalent in Native Americans than in the general population. Disease of the hip is seen less frequently in Chinese patients from Hong Kong than in age-matched white populations. However, symptomatic knee osteoarthritis is extremely common in China. [61]

In persons older than 65 years, osteoarthritis is more common in whites than in blacks. Knee osteoarthritis appears to be more common in black women than in other groups. Jordan et al found that in comparison with whites, African American men and women had a slightly higher prevalence of radiographic and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

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