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Osteoarthritis

What Is Osteoarthritis?

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OA = Damage to Joint Cartilage


hip osteoarthritis
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It Can Happen to Large and Small Joints


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It Hurts, Especially When You Move


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Pain Can Take on a Few Different Forms


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It’s Not the Same as Rheumatoid Arthritis


morning stiffness
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It’s Hard to Get Moving in the Morning


Lateral X-ray of lumbar spine spondylosis
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You May Develop Bony Growths


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X-rays Help Diagnose OA


ibuprophen
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Meds Can Help Ease Pain


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Injections Can Also Bring Relief


aqua aerobics
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Nondrug Therapies? You Guessed it: Exercise and Weight Loss


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Down the Road, Surgery May Be Necessary


Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert is a writer, editor, and copy editor with 15 years of publishing experience. She’s written hundreds of articles for Men’s Health (where she was an editor for more than 10 years), Women’s Health, Runner’s World, ONE37pm, Whiskey Advocate, Silver Sneakers, and many more. She’s insatiably curious and loves interviewing people who know a lot more than she does. She shares their insights and advice so others can use them to improve their lives.