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  1. Osteoarthritis - Health Tools

    Tools to help you make decisions about hip replacement surgery.

  2. Steve's Story: Coping With Arthritis - Steve's story

    After being away from sports since his college days,Steve decided it was time to get back in shape and back into the game. Squash (an indoor racquet sport) and weight training topped his list of activities to enjoy again. And he did for a while-until arthritis turned his enjoyment into pain. First signs of pain Steve first thought something might be wrong when he couldn't make it through a ...

  3. Osteoarthritis - When To Call a Doctor

    Many conditions can cause symptoms similar to osteoarthritis. In order to determine the cause of your symptoms, call your health professional if you experience: Sudden, unexplained swelling, warmth, or pain in any joint or joints. Joint pain associated wi

  4. Osteoarthritis - What Increases Your Risk

    Learn the factors that seem to increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis.

  5. Osteoarthritis - What Happens

    Osteoarthritis is a slow, progressive disease. Cartilage gradually breaks down until the bones, which were once separated by cartilage, begin to rub against each other.

  6. Osteoarthritis - Exams and Tests

    Doctors usually diagnose osteoarthritis by evaluating your symptoms and doing a physical exam. Sometimes your doctor will include other tests in the evaluation.

  7. Small Joint Surgery for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    If osteoarthritis in the joints of the hands or feet is so severe that function is impossible (rare with osteoarthritis),surgery or joint replacement will allow some pain-free motion. In the hands,the goal is enough pain-free motion to allow the person to do basic daily activities such as eating,bathing,and dressing. Surgery for severe arthritis in the small joints of the hands is more ...

  8. Topic Overview

    Hip resurfacing arthroplasty is surgery that replaces the damaged outer surfaces of the femoral head found at the top of the thighbone and,if necessary,the cup-shaped socket where the thighbone meets the pelvis in the hip joint. This surgery was done in the 1970s. But its use decreased,because the parts used to replace the joint surfaces did not hold up well. Now,doctors are using new ...

  9. Paraffin Wax for Arthritis - Topic Overview

    You can use paraffin wax (may be called either paraffin or wax) to apply moist heat to your hands or feet to ease the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Paraffin especially helps to decrease pain and loosen up your hand and finger joints before exercise. You should talk with your doctor before trying paraffin at home. And it's a good idea to have a physical therapist show you how to do it ...

  10. Osteoarthritis: Heat and Cold Therapy - Topic Overview

    For moderate to severe pain from osteoarthritis,try applying heat and cold to the affected joints as appropriate. Experiment with these heat and cold techniques until you find what helps you most. Apply heat 2 or 3 times a day for 20 to 30 minutes,using a heating pad,hot shower,or hot pack. Heat seems to be effective for pain and stiffness related to inactivity of a joint. Try putting ...

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