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what is osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Cartilage breakdown: Oa occurs as the joint lining or articular cartilage begins to breakdown. The breakdown can be a result of trauma, injury, oversuse, malalignment, increased stress from excess weight, poor nutrition, a lack of exercise, or a combination of any of these items.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Wear: Osteoarthritis is the term given to wear and tear of a joint, including the cartilage surfaces and often the bone. This leads to different symptoms and xray findings.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Degeneration: in the joints of your body due to wear and tear, injury or even previous surgery in the area.
Dr. Walid Osta
Pain Management 19 years experience
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis can be simply defined as the degeneration of joints as a result of wear and tear. It happens to all us as we get older, however it may be faster in some people following certain accidents, repeated injuries, menopause, illnesses, certain activities, or unknown reasons. Many times it causes minimal or no symptoms however the usual symptom is pain and resulting decreased function.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
IA: Oa is inflammation of the joint. It cause pain and intermittent swelling. Deformity occurs in more advanced stages.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Wear and tear : It is what we call a wear and tear arthritis. We all get some form of osteoarthritis where joints get worn down with time.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Osteoarthritis is a : Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And it starts to hurt.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Wear and tear: This is the form of joint damage related to wear and tear/mechanical forces.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is osteoarthritis curable?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
No: Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of the actual joint surface which in general is a non-eversible event. Exciting fast pace research is being conducted around the word in an attempt to discover the causes of joint degeneration and find ways to grow new cartilage. That research is in its' infancy and widespread clinical use of this research is years, or decades away.
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Is osteoarthritis reversible?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Not by : Conservative care, debatable with certain surguries...
A 33-year-old member asked:

How to treat osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is wear & tear arthritis, not inflammatory type like rheumatoid arthritis. That said, exercise & weight loss (if overweight or obese) are key to treating pain & disability. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/basics/definition/con-20014749. Consider consulting Physical and/or Occupational Therapist depending upon joint that's affected.
Tampa, FL
A 34-year-old male asked:

Can osteoarthritis cause fatigue?

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Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
Fatigue: No, check for vitamin D deficiency, thyroid hormone levels and anemia.
Tampa, FL
A 34-year-old male asked:

Can osteoarthritis cause tiredness?

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Dr. Alexios Apazidis
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 17 years experience
Osteoarthritis: Well it does cause pain and body has a way of dealing with painful movement by making you avoid it. Body will inhibit you from moving, slowing you down, and avoiding pain. Not exactly tiredness but I hope this helps.

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