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  1. Staying Active With Osteoarthritis

    If your doctor tells you that you have osteoarthritis (OA), you might assume your days of spin classes and lifting weights are over. With joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your future, it's hard to imagine pumping iron at the gym -- much less peeling your achy body off the couch to drive there.

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  2. OA: Treatment Overview

    Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, affects one in two Americans during the course of their lifetime. Marked by pain, swelling, and reduced motion in the joints, OA typically strikes the hands, knees, hips or spine -- but any joint is at risk. Does this mean you are a sitting duck?

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  3. Better Sleep with Osteoarthritis

    It’s a vicious cycle. Your osteoarthritis pain keeps you up all night as you struggle to find a comfortable position, and the lack of sleep makes your pain worse the next day and so on and so forth. If you are one of the 27 million people with OA, it can be hard to sleep soundly, but there are 10 tr

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  4. 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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  5. For Women: OA Risk Factors and Coping Tips

    You used to climb stairs, lift toddlers, and work in the garden with ease. Now osteoarthritis makes these activities difficult and painful for you. You're not alone. Nearly 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis. And about 16 million of them are women. If you are a woman with osteoarthritis, don't

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  6. Knee Arthritis: Very Low-Calorie Diet May Help

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, and although weight loss is often recommended to reduce painful pressure on joints, not all patients succeed in shedding extra pounds. Osteoarthritis -- sometimes called "wear and tear" arthritis -- is frequently related to age

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  7. Most Sports Don't Raise Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis

    Nov. 7, 2011 (Chicago) -- While most sports don't seem to raise the risk of knee arthritis, some sports do seem to be particularly hard on the knees. Overall, athletes don't have a greater risk for knee osteoarthritis, says researcher Jeffrey Driban, PhD, assistant professor of rheumatology at Tufts

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  8. 6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees

     Whether you're a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior, or totally laid-back when it comes to exercise, knowing how to protect your knees from damage can mean the difference between a fulfilling lifestyle and longterm, strained mobility. Cruising on the track in the heat of a roller derby match, 27-y

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  9. Supplement May Ease Pain of Hand Osteoarthritis

    Sept. 6, 2011 -- A new study from Switzerland finds the supplement chondroitin sulfate to be effective for relieving joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the hand. Researchers reported that chondroitin both decreased hand pain and improved stiffness. But an osteoarthritis specialist who spo

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  10. Weight Loss Strategies to Help Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

    It makes perfect sense if you think about it: carting around extra weight in your middle, for example, places a burden on your knees and hips. And study after study shows that this extra stress can put you at risk for developing osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of the disease. Being overw

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