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    Medical Reference Related to Osteoarthritis

    1. 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 ...

    2. Osteoarthritis - Home Treatment

      Learn steps to help relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis and improve your joint function.

    3. Osteoarthritis - Prevention

      You can take steps to help prevent the development of osteoarthritis or to help prevent the progression of this condition.

    4. Osteoarthritis - What Increases Your Risk

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

    5. 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 ...

    6. Acetaminophen for Osteoarthritis

      Drug details for Acetaminophen for osteoarthritis.

    7. 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.

    8. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Health Tools

      Tools to help you make decisions about hip replacement surgery.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

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