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What happens to knee and hip osteoarthritis without treatment?

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Without treatment, osteoarthritis usually gets worse. As the cushioning cartilage continues to wear away, your joint may get swollen and painful. In severe cases, bone rubs directly against bone, which makes it hurt a lot when you move. Even at this point, though, you can still take steps to slow the damage.

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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