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What is osteoarthritis (OA)?

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If you feel pain when you use your fingers, hips, knees, or other joints, you might have osteoarthritis (sometimes just called arthritis, or OA). It’s a swelling of your joints caused by wear and tear over many years. Your cartilage ( rubbery tissue covering the ends of your bones) breaks down over time, leaving your bones without anything to cushion them. This causes them to rub against each other. Your joints can become inflamed and it can be very painful.

There’s no cure for OA, but there are a lot of treatment options you can try.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Arthritis: Overview."

Arthritis Foundation: "Benefits of Exercise for Osteoarthritis treatment," "Benefits of Weight Loss," "Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine Supplements in Osteoarthritis,"

"Osteoarthritis Treatment," "Supplement and Herb Guide," "The Ultimate Arthritis Diet," "Understanding Your Joint Procedure Options."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Arthritis: Overview."

Arthritis Foundation: "Benefits of Exercise for Osteoarthritis treatment," "Benefits of Weight Loss," "Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine Supplements in Osteoarthritis,"

"Osteoarthritis Treatment," "Supplement and Herb Guide," "The Ultimate Arthritis Diet," "Understanding Your Joint Procedure Options."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2017

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