Osteoarthritis Health Center

Osteoarthritis Overview

Osteoarthritis (OA) is caused by aging joints, injury, and obesity. OA symptoms include joint pain and stiffness. Treatment depends on the affected joint, including the hand, wrist, neck, back, knee, and hip, and involves medication and exercise. If you are overweight, weight loss may improve OA symptoms.

Understanding Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Arthritis is a broad term that covers a group of over 100 diseases. The word "arthritis" means "joint inflammation." Inflammation is one of your body's natural reactions to disease or injury. It includes swelling, pain, and stiffness. Inflammation that lasts a very long time or comes back, as in arthritis, can lead to tissue damage.

A joint is where two or more bones come together, such as the hip or knee.

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