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Osteoarthritis

By Silvestri, George T.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000697413
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Osteoarthritis  
Author: Silvestri, George T.
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Political science., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
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Publisher: Pueblo-GSA

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Silvestri, G. T. (n.d.). Osteoarthritis. Retrieved from http://www.ebooklibrary.org/


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Government Reference Publication

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Excerpt: What Is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (AH-stee-oh-ar-THREYE-tis) is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older people. Sometimes it is called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects the cartilage (KAR-til-uj). Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the joint may lose its normal shape. Also, bone spurs?small growths called osteophytes? may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint space. This causes more pain and damage.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents What Is Osteoarthritis? ................................................... 1 Who Has Osteoarthritis? ................................................. 2 How Does Osteoarthritis Affect People? .............................. 2 Osteoarthritis Basics: The Joint and Its Parts ......................... 5 How Do You Know if You Have Osteoarthritis? ............................. 7 How Do Doctors Diagnose Osteoarthritis? .................... 9 How Is Osteoarthritis Treated? ........................................ 11 Be a Winner! Practice Self-Care and Keep a ?Good-Health Attitude? ................................................ 21 Current Research ........................................................... 25 Hope for the Future ....................................................... 32 Additional Resources .................................................... 32 Illustrations What Areas Does Osteoarthritis Affect?....................................... 3 A Healthy Joint ...................................................................... 6 A Joint With Severe Osteoarthritis .............................................. 6 Exercises for Osteoarthritis............................................ 24


 

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