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Description

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and affects 70 to 80 percent of the population over 50 years old. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, is not covered here. Arthritis is a degeneration and loss of cartilage, bony sclerosis, or bony proliferation at the joints. This is the most common form of arthritis and can affect all the joints, but tends to focus on the knees, hip, spine, and shoulders. It appears to have a hereditary tendency.

Symptoms

Onset is gradual and usually begins in one or two joints. Chronic flare-ups of pain, swelling, and stiffness are common. Morning stiffness, pain, cracking joints, and reduced mobility are just a few of the symptoms. As it gets worse it can become very debilitating. It can be worse with movement and reducing barometric pressure, and better with rest and warmth.

Causes

The most common causes include poor diet, trauma, and repetitive motion or stress on a joint. Aging and obesity are also contributing factors. The exact cause is unknown.

 
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