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Osteoarthritis

Also called: Degenerative Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease, DJD

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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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Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions your joints breaks down and wears away. When this happens, the bones rub together and cause...
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Things that can increase your risk for osteoarthritis are called risk factors. Some risk factors, such as your age or family history, can't be...
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Some medical problems have symptoms that are similar to osteoarthritis, so it's important that you get the right diagnosis. Call your doctor if you...
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If you have osteoarthritis (OA), there are other things you can do besides getting Synvisc. These include:Non-drug treatments.Avoiding activities...
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Osteoarthritis usually is treated by physical therapy with muscle-strengthening exercises, oral medications, hot and cold compresses to the painful...
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Spontaneous osteoarthritis is, to a major degree, a result of inherited tendencies. We inherit the tendency to develop osteoarthritis from our...
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Osteoarthritis is not simply a disease of "wear and tear" that happens in joints as people get older. There is more to the disease than aging alone...
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Doctors often combine treatments to fit a patient's needs, lifestyle, and health. Osteoarthritis treatment has four main goals: Improve joint...
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Osteoarthritis occurs most often in older people. Younger people sometimes get osteoarthritis primarily from joint injuries.
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Three kinds of programs help people learn about osteoarthritis and self-care and improve their good-health attitude: Patient education...
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