The pain of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, can make daily activities troublesome or nearly impossible. Although there is no cure, there are treatments to relieve pain, improve function and slow progression. Keep reading to learn how our experts can help.

Causes & Triggers

  • Age-related cartilage wear-and-tear
  • Excessive body weight
  • Genetics/heredity
  • Prior injury (especially surgery or trauma)
  • Repetitive motion stress

Signs & Symptoms

  • Decreased flexibility
  • Grating or grinding sensation/noise
  • Hard lumps or bone spurs
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness (even with light pressure)

Tips & Treatments

  • Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but especially hands, knees, hips, back and neck.
  • This condition develops slowly and may worsen over time, sometimes resulting in bone-on-bone contact.
  • Symptoms may be relieved with lifestyle changes such as losing weight or participating in physician-recommended exercise.
  • Non-surgical treatment may include icing affected area, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or complementary medicine, such as acupuncture.

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