Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on April 9, 2019
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- What joints are most often affected by osteoarthritis?
- What are risk factors for developing osteoarthritis?
- What are symptoms of osteoarthritis?
- What are home remedies that can ease osteoarthritis symptoms?
- What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?
- What types of surgery used to treat osteoarthritis?
- What is the best exercise for osteoarthritis?
- What are the best foods to eat for osteoarthritis?
- What foods should I avoid if I have osteoarthritis?
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Q:What joints are most often affected by osteoarthritis?
A:There are many types of arthritis, or conditions that involve inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly affects the joints of the hands, fingers, knees, hips, and spine.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and it frequently occurs comes with age. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage between bones that cushions the joints begins to break down and as it does, the bones rub against each other causing pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Q:What are risk factors for developing osteoarthritis?
A:Risk factors that increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis include:
Q:What are symptoms of osteoarthritis?
A:Osteoarthritis symptoms typically occur in hands, fingers, knees, hips, and spine. OA only rarely affects the joints of the elbow, wrist, and ankle.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary person to person and can include:
Q:What are home remedies that can ease osteoarthritis symptoms?
A:Lifestyle changes and non-drug therapies are usually recommended for everyone who has osteoarthritis to help improve symptoms.
Q:What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?
A:Different over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs may be used to help relieve osteoarthritis pain and stiffness, such as:
Q:What types of surgery used to treat osteoarthritis?
A:In severe cases of osteoarthritis that did not respond to other treatments and that significantly limit a person's activities, surgery may be recommended. Types of osteoarthritis surgeries include:
Q:What is the best exercise for osteoarthritis?
A:Regular exercise can decrease osteoarthritis pain and can improve quality of life. There is no one specific exercise that is best for everyone, and it is important to talk to your doctor about the exercise that is right for your condition so you do not aggravate already injured joints.
Exercises may include:
Q:What are the best foods to eat for osteoarthritis?
A:There are certain foods that can help reduce inflammation and may help ease some osteoarthritis symptoms, including:
Q:What foods should I avoid if I have osteoarthritis?
A:Certain foods can promote inflammation in the body. If you have osteoarthritis, foods to avoid may include:
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