Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is seen especially among older people. Sometimes it is called degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis mostly affects cartilage, the hard but slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in the body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine.
HOW IS OSTEOARTHRITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis would be done by an orthopaedic expert who would also do an X-ray and scan to check the damage.
HOW IS OSTEOARTHRITIS TREATED?
Doctors often combine treatments to fit a patient's needs, lifestyle, and health. Osteoarthritis treatment has four main goals:
• Improve joint function
• Keep a healthy body weight
• Control pain
• Achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Osteoarthritis treatment plans can involve:
• Weight control
• Rest and joint care
• Nondrug pain relief techniques to control pain
• Complementary and alternative therapies
DID YOU KNOW?
Exercising and achieving a healthy weight are generally the most important ways to treat osteoarthritis.