Arthritis is a common health problem in which the joints are inflamed. There are several kinds of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by a breakdown of cartilage, the hard, thick tissue that cushions the joints. It causes pain, stiffness, and swelling, often in the spine, fingers, hips, and knees. Osteoarthritis can happen at any age, but it is most common in older people.
Osteoarthritis never goes away completely, but it can be controlled. Medicine and home treatment can reduce the pain and prevent the arthritis from getting worse.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
November 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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