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Joint Disease

by Stephanie Puckett
  • Overview

    Joint disease, or osteoarthritis, is a medical condition that can effects the joints. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, and it can cause those who suffer from it extreme difficulty in daily activities.
  • Causes

    The exact cause of this condition has not been concluded, but there are suspicions of aging, genes, obesity and joint injury playing a large part in the development of this condition.
  • Effects

    Unfortunately, this condition worsens with time. Many people may experience permanent disability from this condition. In some cases, joint replacement surgery is recommended by doctors.
  • Risks

    Women and those who are older have a higher chance of this condition. Other risk factors include obesity, bone abnormalities and joint injury.
  • Symptoms

    Some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain, tender joints, swelling, joint stiffness and inflexible joints.
  • Treatment

    Treatments typically include pain medication such as acetaminophen and corticosteroid medications. The strength and type of the medication depends on the severity of the condition.

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