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A joint is where two or more bones meet. The joint allows your bones to move freely but within controlled limits.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis can include:
Almost anyone can get osteoarthritis but it’s most likely if:
Possible complications of osteoarthritis include:
It’s impossible to predict how osteoarthritis will develop for any one person. Although it can sometimes cause a lot of damage to your joints, osteoarthritis often develops over many years and results in fairly small changes in just part of your joint. It’s difficult to say how painful these changes might be for you.
Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical examination. Your doctor may also ask you to have:
There are several ways you can help yourself, including:
Osteoarthritis can affect many different areas of your life. We office advice on:
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