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    Medical Reference Related to Osteoarthritis

    1. Capsaicin 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 ...

    2. Corticosteroids (Intra-Articular) for Osteoarthritis

      Drug details for Corticosteroids (intra-articular) for osteoarthritis.

    3. Exercise and Osteoarthritis - 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 ...

    4. Osteoarthritis - Other Treatment

      Learn about experimental medical therapies and complementary and alternative therapies that can relieve pain and improve joint function for people who have osteoarthritis.

    5. 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.

    6. Osteoarthritis - Cause

      Osteoarthritis results from chemical changes in the cartilage that cause it to break down faster than it can be produced. In most cases, experts don't know the cause of this cartilage breakdown.

    7. Hyaluronan Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

      Drug details for Hyaluronan injections for osteoarthritis of the knee.

    8. Osteoarthritis - What Increases Your Risk

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

    9. Osteoarthritis - Symptoms

      Symptoms of osteoarthritis include: Pain, commonly in the hands, hips, knees, or feet, and sometimes in the spine. Pain usually is related to activity of the joint and is worse at the end of the day or after periods of activity.

    10. Capsaicin for 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.

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