Osteoarthritis, characterized by pain and swelling in the joints, is the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. This change can be seen through the use of an X-ray. Blood tests and tests of the synovial fluid in the joint can indicate the onset of osteoarthritis.
There are multiple ways of approaching the management of patients with moderate to severe osteoarthritis, and this discussion will focus on a combination of behavioral change, medication and lifestyle, all of which affect disease. Osteoarthritis rarely occurs in the absence of other medical conditions; it appears frequently in combination with…