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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is one of the commonest joint disorders and occurs as we age due to wear and tear of a joint.


In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the joints is broken down. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement and prevents friction between bones; when this cartilage is lost, the bones rub together during movement. Over a period of time, this rubbing can permanently damage the joint.

Osteoarthritis can affect any joint of the body but it usually affects the weight-bearing joints i.e. hips and knees. Non-weight bearing joints like the shoulder, elbow, finger and ankle are less commonly affected by osteoarthritis.

Although osteoarthritis is more common in the elderly, it can also be seen in young people due to an abnormal wear and tear in joint structures following fracture, repeated dislocation of the joint, infections, obesity or hyperthyroidism.

Osteoarthritis causes pain, swelling and reduced motion in the affected joints.

Osteoarthritis cannot be cured. However, the pain can be managed and the joint function can be improved with the help of painkiller medicines, exercise, weight control, alternative therapies and surgery.


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can any one post the drugs in pipeline for the oesteoarthritis
CHAITANYAchakravarthi Wednesday, December 26, 2012
static quadriceps
strengthening exercises for quadriceps and hamstrings.
hot modalities

SARFARAZ.MODI Wednesday, September 23, 2009
my wife has osteoarthritis. where she can get best treatment
narinderksingh Tuesday, September 22, 2009
tell her to approach a good physiotherapist.
SARFARAZ.MODI Wednesday, September 23, 2009
dear sir's
my name is anirudh sharma. my mother has arthritis. what is the treatment of arthritis

anirudhsharma04 Thursday, February 19, 2009
If the xray shows that the bones are rubbing on each other then a joint replacement is the only option!
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