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What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that affects joints, causing inflammation, stiffness and pain.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Although there can be no symptoms, osteoarthritis typically comprises joint stiffness, pain and muscle weakness.
What causes osteoarthritis?
Sometimes the cause of osteoarthritis is unknown. Other times, osteoarthritis is a result of other problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis or injury.
Who gets osteoarthritis?
The risk of osteoarthritis increases with age and with family history of the disease.
How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?
Osteoarthritis is diagnosed by physical examination and the use of X-rays, although other tests may be needed, such as ultrasound and MRI.
How is osteoarthritis treated?
There is a range of treatment options for osteoarthritis. Your doctor will help you decide what treatment is right for you. Pain-relief medications, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, exercise and/or surgery can be used to treat osteoarthritis.
Can osteoarthritis be cured?
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but treatment can manage symptoms and slow its progression.
What is the outcome for osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder, so over time it tends to worsen. However, treatment, especially when started early on, can slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
About this article
Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 26 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Rheumatoid arthritis