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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Some people call it degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs most frequently in the hands, hips, and knees. the cartilage within a joint begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change.
These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time.Unlike some other forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis affects only joints and not internal organs. It is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs most often in older people. Younger people sometimes get the disease after joint injuries.
Osteoarthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. In some cases it also causes reduced function and disability; some people are no longer able to do daily tasks or work. There is no cure for Osteoarthritis , so doctors usually treat Osteoarthritis symptoms with a combination of therapies, which may include the following: Increasing physical activity, Physical therapy with muscle strengthening exercises, Weight loss, Medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription drugs, Supportive devices such as crutches or canes, and Surgery (if other treatment options have not been effective).
For more information about treatment for Osteoarthrits (degenerative joint disease or wear and tear arthritis) in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, CA area, please contact us at 855-SOMA-844 (855-766-2844).