Knee Pain/osteoarthritis Walking Up And Down Stairs

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Ask the Expert: Is Stair Climbing Beneficial or Detrimental to Osteoarthritis?

Q: I have been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease. I understand this is the same as osteoarthritis. It is primarily in my hips and knees. I am considering going into an upper flat. Is stair climbing beneficial or detrimental to the OA?

A: Osteoarthritis is a synonym for degenerative joint disease. People in their 50s and '60s will frequently develop bony nodules over the small joints of the fingers (Heberden's and Bouchard's nodes) which are usually painless, though unsightly. These...

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