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    1. Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

      Joint replacement used to be called "high-tech," but it's now a common operation. Doctors replace more than a million hips and knees each year in the U.S., and studies show the surgeries ease pain for most folks and help them get around better. "Joint replacement can be a life-changing procedure for

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    2. Should You Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

      More than 300,000 people have complete hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. every year. About 90% of them feel better and can get back to normal activities months, or even weeks, after the operation. "The happiest patients you have are total hip replacement patients," says orthopedic surgeon Claude

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    3. Alternative Treatments for Knee Arthritis

      Ruth Cohen, DC, a 57-year-old chiropractor in Greenvale, NY, has lived with knee osteoarthritis (OA) for a long time. But the former college gymnast isn't ready for an operation to replace her joint. "I'm always looking to deal with alternative treatments before resorting to drugs or surgery," Cohen

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    4. Can a Sports Injury Raise My Osteoarthritis Risk?

      Maybe you like to stay fit by hitting the tennis court a few times a week. Or is a backyard catch with your son more your speed? Whatever your sports passion, along with the health benefits comes a risk of injury that can lead to osteoarthritis (OA) later in life. Don't give up your exercise routine

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    5. Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

      If you're in a lot of pain when you walk or get up from a chair, and you can't keep up with your daily activities, you might wonder: Should I think about knee replacement surgery? More than 700,000 in the U.S. get it done every year. And most of them get big-time pain relief and can go back to their

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    6. How to Take Care of Your Joints

      Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can break down, too. It's a condition called osteoarthritis. And without enough padding, your bones will hurt when they rub against each other. Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There's no way to r

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    7. Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

      After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace." As his pain got w

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    8. Shots or Injections for Knee Arthritis

      When you have pain, stiffness, or other problems because of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and other treatments haven't helped, your doctor may suggest injections to ease your symptoms. Shots in your knee joint are an option if you don’t get relief from a pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, sa

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    9. Walking to Ease Knee Pain

      It's a catch-22 when you have knee pain from osteoarthritis. It hurts, so you don't want to move. But if you exercise, it can eventually make your knees feel better. "I've gone a period of time when I haven’t moved a joint much and, when I first start, it's a little bit sore," says Denver physical t

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    10. Injectable Medications for Knee Osteoarthritis

      If you have knee osteoarthritis, doctors can offer a variety of treatments to relieve your symptoms. One option is to inject medication into your knee. There are different types of injections, and they're an important part of treating knee osteoarthritis for many people, says Roy Altman, MD, an oste

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