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    Medical Reference Related to Osteoarthritis

    1. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

      A surgeon has a choice between using cemented or uncemented joints in a joint replacement surgery such as hip, knee, or shoulder replacement surgery.This decision can be made before the surgery, based on your age and X-rays. Or it can be made during the surgery, when your surgeon opens up the joint and can see how the joint looks. One type of joint is not clearly better than the other. Cemented joints form an immediate, strong bond to the bone, but they often loosen after 10 to 20 years. A cemented bond is strongest immediately after surgery and gets weaker over time. Uncemented joints form a bond that may be weaker at first but may form a strong permanent bond as the bone fills in the porous coating. After a strong bond has formed between the bone and the replacement components, uncemented joints are less likely to weaken or loosen over time. Most loosening that can be seen on an X-ray doesn't cause symptoms and isn't a problem.Doctors may be more likely to use uncemented joints in

    2. Guidelines for Multiple Joint Replacements - Topic Overview

      Some people may need to have more than one joint replaced-for example,a shoulder and an elbow,a shoulder and a knee,both knees,or a hip and a knee. Doctors have different opinions about what is best,based on their experience and your specific situation. Your doctor will consider many things,but the following are some general guidelines. If you need both a shoulder and an elbow replaced,...

    3. Knee Replacement Surgery

      Joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of bones in a damaged joint.

    4. Hand Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis of the Hand)

      WebMD explains osteoarthritis of the hand, including causes and treatments and how to manage the pain.

    5. Osteoarthritis of the Knee (Degenerative Arthritis of the Knee)

      WebMD looks at osteoarthritis of the knee - the most common type of "wear-and-tear" arthritis - from symptoms to diagnosis to treatment.

    6. Relaxation Tips for People With Arthritis

      If you have arthritis, relaxation is key for reducing stress. Try these tips from WebMD.

    7. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Osteoarthritis

      If you've just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you might want to ask your doctor these questions.

    8. Questions for Doctor: Knee and Hip Surgery

      If you're considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, here are some questions you should ask your doctor first.

    9. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

      Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis

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