Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Though osteoarthritis is not life threatening, the disease can seriously effect quality of life.  Pain and immobility are products of osteoarthritis.  It is estimated that five percent of those who leave work for medical reasons do so for osteoarthritis.  Symptoms can be controlled, though, through exercise, proper diet and caring for the affected joints.

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is by far the most common joint disorder in the United States and throughout the world. It is a leading cause of pain and disability in the elderly, mostly because of its predilection for the weight-bearing joints. And so today I will talk about osteoarthritis in an important weight-bearing joint: the knee.   …

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