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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

      Once considered high-tech, joint replacements are now a common operation. Surgeons replace more than a million hips and knees each year in the U.S. Studies show joint replacements can significantly relieve pain and increase mobility in about 90% of people who get them. "Joint replacement can be a li

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    9. Arthritis Pain and Sleep

      The pain of arthritis makes it tough for many people to get a good night’s sleep. Worse yet, tossing and turning at night can actually increase the perception of pain. “There’s a reciprocal relationship between pain and poor sleep. The poorer people sleep, the more pain they tend to be in,” says Kev

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    10. 5 Facts and Fictions About Osteoarthritis

      The earth is flat, eggs are bad for you, and arthritis is a natural part of aging. Each of these once long-held beliefs are myths, but repeat one often enough and just about any myth can start to sound like fact. With more than 100 types of arthritis, it's easy to see how a little misinformation has

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