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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Overview)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. 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.


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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

Dr. Qamar Khan
1,557 Doctors shared insights

Osteoarthritis (Overview)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. 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.


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What are the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis?

What are the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis: Pain, Tenderness, stiffness, Grating sensation, decrease flexibility.

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Osteoarthritis (Tip)

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.

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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?

Try prolotherapy: Find a physician locally who is experienced in prolotherapy. These injections can be done with standard solutions, with PRP, and now even with stem cells and definitely provide pain relief as well as some regeneration of cartilage. It may not avoid surgery if your joint is too far gone, but it will definitely help with your pain, delay surgery, and will not damage the joint like steroids will.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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How do you know if you have osteoarthritis?

How do you know if you have osteoarthritis?

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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Can endocrine problems cause osteoarthritis?

Yes: Hypercortisilinemia can cause osteoarthritis. Hypoparathyroidism can lead to degenerative athritis.

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I've been running for years with no problems, but lately I can hear crackling in my knees when I climb stairs. Does this mean I have osteoarthritis?

I've been running for years with no problems, but lately I can hear crackling in my knees when I climb stairs. Does this mean I have osteoarthritis?

Yes: The answer is that the articular cartilage in your knee, particularly behind the knee cap is rough and irregular. That is why it makes noise, particularly when loading the knee in flexion (going up and down stairs and squatting). However, just because the knee makes noise does not mean surgery is required. Usually a low impact quadriceps strengthening program can help offload the knee joint.

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Is there more than one good way to treat osteoarthritis?

Is there more than one good way to treat osteoarthritis?

See your Doctor: Weight loss can decrease the load on your knees. Every one pound of weight loss is equivalent to decreasing the load on your knees by 4 pounds. Strengthening exercises, supplements, like glucosamine, msm, or same may help. Topical capsacian, nsaids, tylenol, (acetaminophen) injections of hyaluronic acid, and acupuncture can all be helpful. Talk to your doctor before trying supplements and discuss tx options.

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How is knee osteoarthritis treated?

How is knee osteoarthritis treated?

It depend: There's no known cure for osteoarthritis, but treatments can help to reduce pain and maintain joint movement. Early stages. Acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Pain medications. Physical therapy.Try braces or shoe inserts.Cortisone shots. Lubrication injections. Surgical procedures.

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How effective is chondroitin for treating osteoarthritis?

Unknown: Just like glucosamine, chondroitin has not shown to be significantly helpful in oa. Of course there are people who do take these supplements and believe they are helpful for oa. In my practice, I have not seen significant benefit but I see patients with fairly severe oa.

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What are the types of treatment for osteoarthritis?

What are the types of treatment for osteoarthritis?

OA treatment: There are 4 basic treatments. Medication (both prescription and otc). Physical therapy + weight loss. Injections and surgery.

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Are there any good holistic medical treatments for osteoarthritis?

Are there any good holistic medical treatments for osteoarthritis?

Yes: Acupuncture has been shown in clinical studies to be helpful for oa of the knee. Certain suppplements may also be helpful and you can check to see if any of these may be appropriate for you: glucosamine, same, ashwagandha, boswellia, fish oil and others. Follow an anti inflammatory diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods and fatty animal products.

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Is there a cure for osteoarthritis?

Is there a cure for osteoarthritis?

No: Unfortunately, the answer is no. Hip and knee joints can be replaced if the arthritis is advanced and painful in one of these joints.

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What has most helped your osteoarthritis? Drugs, pt, aspirin?

What has most helped your osteoarthritis? Drugs, pt, aspirin?

Physical activity!: Physical activity helps the most! It is declining. Obesity hurts the worst. It is increasing. Good time to wish you were an orthopedist. DJD of major weight bearing joints is skyrocketing...

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