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    Medical Reference Related to Osteoarthritis

    1. 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.

    2. Corticosteroids (Intra-Articular) for Osteoarthritis

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

    3. Osteoarthritis - Home Treatment

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

    4. 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 ...

    5. Physical Exam and History for Osteoarthritis

      A doctor often discovers important information about the possible causes of symptoms through a discussion about your medical history. During this discussion, the doctor may ask questions such as the following:How long have you had symptoms? (Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly.)Has there been a pattern to your symptoms? (Osteoarthritis symptoms typically begin on one side of the body and often

    6. Osteoarthritis - Prevention

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

    7. Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

      Medicines that you can buy without a prescription can be very useful in relieving the pain of mild or moderate osteoarthritis. Try acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) first. Regular use of acetaminophen can provide relief of pain caused by osteoarthritis. Doctors may advise people who take acetaminophen on a regular basis to limit alcohol consumption. Aspirin,ibuprofen,or naproxen ( ...

    8. 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.

    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. Osteoarthritis - Treatment Overview

      Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatment can help you reduce your symptoms. The more you understand about osteoarthritis and what you can do to treat your pain and stay active, the less discomfort and disability you are likely to have. You

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