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Osteoarthritis (Overview)

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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What is the definition or description of: osteoarthritis?

What is the definition or description of: osteoarthritis?

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. ...Read more

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Osteoarthritis (Overview)

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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How does osteoarthritis affect the movement and normal functioning of the skeleton.

How does osteoarthritis affect the movement and normal functioning of the skeleton.

Yes: Any type of joint involvement can affect the movement of the body. As the muscles pivot along with the joints, joint impairment can lead to loss of normal function. The Musculoskeletal function of the body is fine tuned. Any impairment of joints, muscles, tendons, or bursas can affect the total function ...Read more

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Joint pain (Tip)

Joint pain

Gout in the big toe or ankle joint can be misdiagnosed as or combined with degenerative arthritis. ...See more

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What are signs of osteoarthritis?

What are signs of osteoarthritis?

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. ...Read more

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Diagnosis- osteoarthritis in shoulder. Constant pain - dr. Says only lasting relief is via surgery. Any other way to get relief from constant pain?

Diagnosis- osteoarthritis in shoulder.  Constant pain - dr. Says only lasting relief is via surgery.  Any other way to get relief from constant pain?

Meds/ injection: If medicine and injections and rehab do not work, surgery may be the best option. if the arthritis is severe, a shoulder replacement will alleviate the pain and allow you to remain active ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose osteoarthritis?

How long does it take to diagnose osteoarthritis?

Should not!: Shouldn't take long with a physical exam and usually plain x-rays, and perhaps blood tests to r/o a rheumatology inflammatory problem, which would make it secondary osteo. ...Read more

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What is osteoarthritis?

What is osteoarthritis?

Degeneration: in the joints of your body due to wear and tear, injury or even previous surgery in the area. ...Read more

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Knee osteoarthritis. Doc did ultrasound of my knees at her clinic. What can this test show? Can it show the amount of cartilage left? If not, X ray?

Knee osteoarthritis. Doc did ultrasound of my knees at her clinic. What can this test show? Can it show the amount of cartilage left? If not, X ray?

Ultrasound?: Ultrasound is very rarely used for knees. Usually weight - bearing ( standing) X-rays and MRI ( if needed) are useful w/ history and physical examination for diagnosis of knee OA.Best radio graphic study for loss of articular cartilage is MRI .Possibly your physician only has ultrasound available @ office(ob- gyn?).some physicians/ radiologists use US in office for ' cheap' dx.of rot.cuff tears.GL ...Read more

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What are the tests for osteoarthritis?

What are the tests for osteoarthritis?

Exam and x-ray: Clinical examination and x-ray. But remember that vertebral osteophytes do not diagnosis osteoarthriits. ...Read more

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