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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 33 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.
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Dr. Audie Rolnick
41 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.
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 18 years experience
Degeneration: in the joints of your body due to wear and tear, injury or even previous surgery in the area.
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Dr. Walid Osta
Anesthesiology 20 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.
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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
IA: Oa is inflammation of the joint. It cause pain and intermittent swelling. Deformity occurs in more advanced stages.
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 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.
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 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.
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Wear and tear: This is the form of joint damage related to wear and tear/mechanical forces.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Exam and x-ray: Clinical examination and x-ray. But remember that vertebral osteophytes do not diagnosis osteoarthriits.
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Dr. Zahid Nazir
Dr. Zahid Nazir commented
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
I think the patient history is most important in diagnosing osteoarthritis.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are signs of osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Mark Cantieri
Pain Management 41 years experience
Pain: Pain is not always the primary symptom of osteoarthreitis, particularly at at its earliest stages. Nor does osteoathritis of the spine always cause pain. It does cause pain especially in the the major joints of the body, ie the shoulders, hips and knees. There will be pain with weightbearing and there will be limited range of motion. X-rays will show osteoarthritis and should be done when suspect.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Is osteoarthritis reversible?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Not by : Conservative care, debatable with certain surguries...
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is osteoarthritis? What causes it?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Wear and tear arthri: This is more mechanical in most people. With maturity, with previous injuries, in some with genetics, being over weight, previous joint surgery the joints lose cartilage as it wears down and thins out and development of bone spurring as part of the mechanical damage. There can be metabolic issues related to the bone and cartilage plays a role but both wear out.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you have osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Shivajee Nallamothu
28 years experience
Evaluation and xray: You really need to see a physician for a thorough evaluation to rule out other causes like cartilage tears or fractures. Xrays after this evaluation are needed to see the quantity of arthritis. Only then can treatment be advised.
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