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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)

Arthritis 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?

Exam and tests: The criteria for this diagnosis includes several factors. It may even include repeat testing over time in order to assure the precise diagnosis, which then will influence therapy. See a rheumatologist. ...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?

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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