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  1. Exercise and Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    A regular exercise program is an important part of anyone's lifestyle. If you have osteoarthritis,check with your health professional before beginning or continuing any exercise so that you can determine whether it is safe and effective for osteoarthritic joints. Stretching exercises will help prevent the stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and help prevent injury. Strengthening muscles ...

  2. Osteotomy for Osteoarthritis

    Osteotomy (bone cutting) is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a wedge of bone near a damaged joint.

  3. Topic Overview

    It is important to have realistic expectations of joint replacement surgery. Replacement joints are not "miracle" joints. They will not restore a joint to the function it had before the arthritis began. Pain relief is the most dependable outcome of joint replacement. When the pain is relieved,you also may get some function back,but this is not the main goal and is less predictable. On ...

  4. Steroids and Hyaluronic Acid for Osteoarthritis

    Use this chart to compare corticosteroid injections and hyaluronic acid injections for treating osteoarthritis.

  5. Corticosteroids (Intra-Articular) for Osteoarthritis

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

  6. 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 ...

  7. Hyaluronan Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

    Drug details for Hyaluronan injections for osteoarthritis of the knee.

  8. Cemented or Uncemented Artificial Joints - 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

  9. 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,...

  10. 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 ...

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