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What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis refers to the process of degeneration of protective cartilages around the bones. A cartilage is a firm and slippery tissue that enables smooth and frictionless motion in the joints of t..

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Osteoarthritis refers to the process of degeneration of protective cartilages around the bones. A cartilage is a firm and slippery tissue that enables smooth and frictionless motion in the joints of the body. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and it can damage any joint in the body, mostly the hands, knees, hips, and spinal cord. The cause and the process underlying the formation of osteoarthritis cannot be reversed. However, the symptoms can be managed effectively by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Osteoarthritis
Symptoms
symptoms

Osteoarthritis symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Stiffness.
  • Pain.
  • Inflexibility.
  • Bone spurs.
  • Grating sensations.

Causes
causes

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilages deteriorate and wear off, and that happens when the sleek surface of the cartilage becomes rough. There could be some factors that increase the chances of getting osteoarthritis. They are:

  • Age factor.
  • Gender factor.
  • Weight factor.
  • Injury factor.
  • Occupational factor.
  • Genetic factor.
  • Congenital factors.

Risks
risks

The prime risk factors include:

  • Old age.
  • Joint injuries.
  • Obesity.
  • Genetics.
  • Bone deformities.

Prevention
prevention

  • Weight control.
  • Adequate exercising.
  • Avoiding injuries and getting them treated.
  • Eating right.

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