Osteoarthritis

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Definition

Osteoarthritis-Gradual degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, most common from middle age onward.

Symptoms

Pain, Stiffness, Swelling, Muscle Weakness, Deformed Joints, Cracking and Creaking.

Causes

Injury, overweight, old age, overstressed joints, depression, and muscles.

Prevention

  • Keep your body weight average.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Protect yourself from joint damage.
  • Avoid over stressing the joints.

Treatments

There is no known cure for osteoarthritis, but treatments can help with enduring the pain. Here are some: Narcotics, Tylenol, Advil, Notrin, Ect.

Statistics

  • 1 in 4 people develop hip pain in their lifetime due to osteoarthritis
  • 2 in 3 obese people develop arthritis to the knee due to osteoarthritis
  • 1 in 2 develop arthritis to the knee due to osteoarthritis



Diagnosis

Here some ways doctors use to diagnose osteoarthritis: Blood Tests, X-Ray, MRI's, and an Arthroscopy(surgical procedure)


They can also test the creaking or sounds of bones and joints.

Cites

"6 Tips for Osteoarthritis Prevention." About.com Osteoarthritis. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2013. <http://osteoarthritis.about.com/od/jointprotection/a/OA_prevention.htm>.


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"Arthritis-Related Statistics." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 01 Aug. 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2013. <http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis_related_stats.htm>.


"Osteoarthritis – Treatment and Genetics." Your Health and Fitness Guide Healthable. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. <http://healthable.org/osteoarthritis-treatment-and-genetics/>.


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"Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis) Causes." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. <http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/guide/osteoarthritis-causes>.


"Don't Live with Knee Pain!" Clermont Knee Pain and Osteoathritis. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. <http://citrusridgehealth.com/clermont-davenport-knee-pain.html>.


"Pfizer Suspends Trial of Tanezumab for Osteoarthritis Pain at U.S. Request."Bloomberg. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2013. <http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-23/pfizer-suspends-trial-of-tanezumab-for-osteoarthritis-pain-at-u-s-request.html>.