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Osteoarthritis

Also called: Degenerative Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease, DJD

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Doctors make a diagnosis of OA based on a physical exam and history of symptoms. The diagnosis of osteoarthritis is based on a combination of the...
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The treatment of OA focuses on decreasing pain and improving joint movement. The following treatments are available.     *Over-the...
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Here are four steps you can take now to prevent osteoarthritis or its progression. No. 1: Control Your Weight If you are at a healthy weight...
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Arthritis of the knee is an inflammatory disorder of the knee joint that is often painful. Arthritis has many causes. Osteoarthritis (OA) is caused...
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Osteoarthritis is known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis. Over time, there is gradual breakdown of cartilage -- the cushion that covers the ends of bones...
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Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the United States, affecting nearly 21 million people -- mostly middle-aged and older people...
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While there isn’t any single cause of osteoarthritis, there are several risk factors associated with it. These include advancing age, excess weight...
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To diagnose osteoarthritis, your doctor will take a medical history, perform a physical exam, and may order blood tests or request X-rays. You may be...
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The type of treatment selected depends on many factors including your age, overall health, and the severity of the arthritis. Treatments include over...
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Exercise is the most effective nondrug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement. Moderate physical activity on a regular basis reduces...
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Osteoarthritis occurs when changes in cartilage cause the cartilage to break down faster than the body can produce it. When cartilage breaks down...
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In most cases, your doctor can tell you if you have osteoarthritis and recommend treatment based on your symptoms and by doing a physical exam. Your...
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You can take steps to help prevent osteoarthritis. If you already have arthritis, these same steps may keep it from getting worse.Try to:Stay at a...
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Symptoms of osteoarthritis can range from mild to severe.They may include:Pain: Your joints may ache, or the pain may feel burning or sharp. For some...
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Osteoarthritis is a painful problem with the joints. Healthy joints help your body move, bend, and twist. Knees glide up and down stairs without...
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