Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints. It is often caused by injury, aging or being overweight. Regardless of the cause movement is important to keep joints functioning. While movement seems counter intuitive, it is the single most important thing a person can do to percent painful joints from getting worse. To assist in movement pain medicine is often prescribed.
“The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joints after repetitive use. Joint pain is usually worse later in the day. There can be swelling, warmth, and creaking of the affected joints. Pain and stiffness of the joints can also occur after long periods of inactivity, for example, sitting in a theater. In severe osteoarthritis, complete loss of cartilage causes friction between bones, causing pain at rest or pain with limited motion” (“Osteoarthritis Health Center,” 2015).
Osteoarthritis Health Center. (2015). Osteoarthritis Health Center. Retrieved March 31, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/
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