Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis

DiagnosisA diagnosis is usually made upon physical exam and assessment of signs and symptoms.

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Treatment and Management There are certain lifestyle changes and treatments which can delay or reduce symptoms of OA. These include:-Exercise to increase flexibility of the joint and muscle strengthening-Heat/Cold therapy can provide temporary relief from pain-Pain medications, such as NSAIDs or corticosteroids -Joint protection (i.e. knee braces)-Weight loss or maintenance to prevent stress on weight bearing joints -Surgery if pain is chronic or joints are damaged (Wilson, 2013)

Preventative Strategies: Weight Management!Excess body weight = increased force in the joints. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee OA.

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Reference: Wilson, J. F. (2013). "Osteoarthritis." In The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. (2nd ed.) Detroit, MI: Gale.


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