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  1. Should You Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

    It hurts when you walk, when you get in and out of a chair, and when you lean over to put on your shoes. Your hip may even hurt when you're just sitting or lying down. More than 300,000 people have complete hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. every year. About 90% of them feel better and can get b

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  2. Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

    If your knee hurts when you walk or get up from a chair, or it keeps you from doing daily activities, you might wonder: Is knee replacement surgery in your future? More than 700,000 complete knee replacements are performed in the U.S. every year. About 90% of people who have the surgery get major pa

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  3. Injectable Medications for Knee Osteoarthritis

    If you have knee osteoarthritis, doctors can offer a variety of treatments to relieve your symptoms. One option is to inject medication into your knee. There are different types of injections, and they're an important part of treating knee osteoarthritis for many people, says Roy Altman, MD, an oste

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  4. Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

    After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace." As his pain got w

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  5. Caring for Your Joints at Home

    Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can wear away, too. It's a condition known as osteoarthritis. And without enough cushioning, the bones of a joint will hurt when they rub against each other. Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There

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  6. Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

    Once considered high-tech, joint replacements are now a common operation. Surgeons replace more than a million hips and knees each year in the U.S. Studies show joint replacements can significantly relieve pain and increase mobility in about 90% of people who get them. "Joint replacement can be a li

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  7. Drinking Milk May Slow Knee Arthritis in Women

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can't be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says. The more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoarth

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  8. 5 Facts and Fictions About Osteoarthritis

    The earth is flat, eggs are bad for you, and arthritis is a natural part of aging. Each of these once long-held beliefs are myths, but repeat one often enough and just about any myth can start to sound like fact. With more than 100 types of arthritis, it's easy to see how a little misinformation has

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  9. Keep Your Joints Healthy Every Day

    Living with osteoarthritis is a long-term proposition. It’s your job to stay active and keep your joints healthy so that you can do the things you want and need to do, as independently as you can, for as long as you can. “There’s nothing that I as a physician can do to slow the progression of osteoa

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  10. Could Losing Weight Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

    For 12 years, Robin Lutchansky spent most of her time in a wheelchair. The pain from her severe osteoarthritis, first diagnosed in her early 30s, made it difficult to walk more than short distances. Then, a little over three years ago, Lutchansky found her way to a pain management clinic that taught

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