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Medical Reference Related to Osteoarthritis

  1. 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.

  2. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for Osteoarthritis

    Drug details for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for Osteoarthritis.

  3. Osteoarthritis - Home Treatment

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

  4. Knee Osteoarthritis: When to Consider Surgery

    Learn about alternatives to joint replacement surgery to relieve your knee pain, plus how to know when you need to consider surgery.

  5. 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,...

  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. Osteotomy for Osteoarthritis

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

  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. Corticosteroids (Intra-Articular) for Osteoarthritis

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

  10. Hyaluronan Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

    Drug details for Hyaluronan injections for osteoarthritis of the knee.

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