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What is osteo arthritis?

What is  osteo arthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA): Is a "wear and tear" arthritis, degeneration of one or more joints. It can have many causes such as an injury, biomechanical abnormalities and more which cause progressive joint damage over time. Treatment is largely symptomatic at first, but it is also wise to look into the underlying cause to help treat it effectively. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

How do you diagnose arthritis rheumatic and osteo?

Xam immaging, labs: These 2 entities have very different causes and footprints. Ra = lab test 4 r usually positive, multipal joints involved sed rates high 50-60, immaging=destructive of joint from outter edge inward. Osteoporosis. Osteo films show spurs, joint narrowing. Labs wnl, sed rate may b up a little. No osteoporosis, but sclerosis, more dense bone best i can do in 400 or less. ...Read more

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Osteo arthritis - is there any way to relieve the pain?

Osteo arthritis - is there any way to relieve the pain?

Yes!!: Nonoperative: weight control, physical therapy/exercise, activity modification (less running more bicycling/swimming), analgesic medications (e.g. Acetaminophen), occasional injections with cortisone (for more advanced arthritis) or hyaluronic acid (for more mild knee arthritis), possible a 'neutraceutical' (e.g. Glucosamine 500 mg three times a day for 3 mos). Operative: joint replacement surger. ...Read more

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What are good exercise for someone with osteo-arthritis?

What are good exercise for someone with osteo-arthritis?

Your own program: Work with a physical therapist. Ask your doctor for a referral to a physical therapist. The physical therapist can work with you to create an individualized exercise regimen that will strengthen the muscles around your joint, increase the range of motion in your joint and reduce your pain. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between osteo snd inflammatory arthritis?

How to tell difference between osteo snd inflammatory arthritis?

Inflammation: Inflammatory arthritis usually presents with the symptoms of inflammation - redness, swelling, heat over the affected joints, which is uncommon in cases of osteoarthritis. Sometimes osteoarthritis may cause a flare up similar to that of the inflammatory arthritis, but that's, again, not common. Inflammatory arthritis usually cause greater disability and more pronounced symptoms and joint changes. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between rheumatiod arthritis and osteo arthritis?

Is there a difference between rheumatiod arthritis and osteo arthritis?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that leads to the destruction of joints. Osteoarthritis is wear and tear destruction of the joint. In its late stages the destruction caused by rheumatoid arthritis mimics osteoarthritis. Once the joint surfaces get rough - for what ever reason - the wear and tear component dominates. ...Read more

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What to do if I have osteo arthritis does any one have any good exercises i can do. I need to lose weight?

What to do if I have osteo arthritis does any one have any good exercises i can do. I need to lose weight?

Weight loss: I don't agree with calorie restriction, as this is difficult to track and difficult to do. Read the book "why we get fat" by gary taubes and check out eatingacademy.Com. Peter attia does a nice job explaining why we get fat in his blog. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does cracking sound in spine with pain mean osteo arthritis?

Does cracking sound in spine with pain mean osteo arthritis?

Not necessarily: Grinding can be caused by the facet joints, discs, tight muscles or ligaments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the difference between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Local and Systemic : There are many difference between oteo and ra. Osteo usually local and the other is systemic. Morning stiffness lasts less than 60 mins; tends to get worse later throughout day. In RA morning stiffness lasts longer than 1 hour; worse in am; stiffness occurs in am & periods of rest. Common in both men and women. Before 50 more men than women, after 50 more women than men, RA effect women more ...Read more

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How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or osteo arthritis?

Exam / Blood: Ra affected joints have more swelling than oa due to synovitis. An exam and blood work can help differentiate. ...Read more

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What are the primary differences between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the primary differences between osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

Osteo vs. Rheuma: Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory degenerative disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis is systemic as well as autoimmune and mixed connective tissue disorder. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

Can you please tell me how osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ?

See below: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking your body including your joints. Osteoarthritis is not autoimmune and is what we call a "wear and tear" arthritis where the joints get damaged over time though things such as trauma to a joint tends to hasten the process. ...Read more

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What to do if I have osteo arthritis and am in constant pain from my lnees downany ideas?

What to do if I have osteo arthritis and am in constant pain from my lnees downany ideas?

See details: Osteoarthritis of that degree is very rare in a 34 year old. See a rheumatologist to make certain there is not another cause and to determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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Which drug is best, mobic (meloxicam) or celebrax for arthritis and osteo?

Which drug is best, mobic (meloxicam) or celebrax for arthritis and osteo?

NSAIDS: Meloxicam and Celebrex (celecoxib) are non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. They are both effective medications for arthritis. The effectiveness varies from individual to individual. ...Read more

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Hi, all of my joints have arthritus, they also clickand pop. Can it be osteo, rheumatoid or a diff. kind of athritus ? Thanks!

Hi, all of my joints have arthritus, they also clickand pop. Can it be osteo, rheumatoid or a diff. kind of athritus ? Thanks!

Yes: Clicking and popping are often normal issues and not indicative of arthritis. See a rheumatologist to diagnose and treat the joint pain. ...Read more