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How does knee and hip osteoarthritis affect my walking?

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Osteoarthritis in your knee or hip can make it hard for you to walk. If there isn't enough cartilage lining your joint, it can hurt when you take a stroll. Your joint may get so stiff that you can't bend your knee or rotate your hip. People with severe OA of the knee or hip may need a cane to get around.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Arthritis of the Knee."

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, Rush University Medical Center.

Arthritis Foundation: "Who Gets Osteoarthritis?" "Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Arthritis of the Knee."

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, Rush University Medical Center.

Arthritis Foundation: "Who Gets Osteoarthritis?" "Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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