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Description of Osteoarthritis

According to dictionary definition  DefinitionAccording to dictionary definition  Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When you lose cartilage, your bones rub together. Over time, this rubbing can permanently damage the joint.  Signs and SymptomsAccording to dictionary definition  Common symptoms include:1. Pain2. Swelling3. Reduced motion in the joints that most commonly affects the hands, knees, hips, or spine.  Causes and Risk FactorsAccording to dictionary definition  Risk factors for osteoarthritis include:1. Overweight2. Getting older3. Injuring a joint  InvestigationsAccording to dictionary definition  No single test can diagnose osteoarthritis. Most doctors use several methods, including medical history, a physical exam, x-rays, or lab tests.  TreatmentAccording to dictionary definition  Treatments include exercise, medicines, and sometimes surgery.  NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases