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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis (pronounced AH-stee-oh-ar-THREYE-tis) is the most common type of arthritis and is seen especially among older people.
Osteoarthritis (pronounced AH-stee-oh-ar-THREYE-tis) is the most common type of arthritis and is seen especially among older people.

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Published by: International Business Times on Jun 02, 2009
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  H  A  N  D  O  U  T   O  N   H  E  A  L  T  H
Osteoarthritis
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
 
This booklet is not copyrighted. Readers are encouraged to duplicate and distribute as many copies as needed.
Additional copies of this booklet are available from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIAMS/National Institutes of Health, 1 AMS Circle, Bethesda, MD 20892–3675, and on the NIAMS Web site at www.niams.nih.gov.
For Your Information
This publication contains information about medications used to treat the health condition discussed here. When this booklet was printed, we included the most up-to-date (accurate) information available. Occasionally, new information on medication is released.
For updates and for any questions about any medications you are taking, please contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1–888–INFO–FDA (1–888–463–6332, a toll-free call) or visit its Web site at www.fda.gov.For updates and questions about statistics, please contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics toll free at 1–800–232–4636 or visit its Web site at www.cdc.gov/nchs.
 
Table of Contents
What Is Osteoarthritis?........................
1
Who Has Osteoarthritis?.......................
2
How Does Osteoarthritis Affect People? ..........
4
Osteoarthritis Basics: The Joint and Its Parts ......
5
How Do You Know if You Have Osteoarthritis? ...
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How Do Doctors Diagnose Osteoarthritis? . . . . . . .
10
How Is Osteoarthritis Treated?.................
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Who Treats Osteoarthritis? ...................
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What You Can Do: The Importance of Self-Care and a Good Health Attitude ..........
25
What Research Is Being Done on Osteoarthritis? ..
30
Hope for the Future .........................
40
Additional Resources ........................
40
Key Words.................................
44
Illustrations
What Areas Does Osteoarthritis Affect? ..........
3
A Healthy Joint..............................
6
A Joint With Severe Osteoarthritis...............
6
Exercises for Osteoarthritis....................
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