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.
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. …