Osteo Arthritis News

The term "arthritis" covers a variety of medical conditions that all affect the health of joints, bones, cartilage and connective tissues and can impair movement. Osteoarthritis is the most common type, affecting millions of Americans. It also seems to be the form of arthritis most related to aging, injuries, overuse and other factors. It most often affects older people.

Causes of Osteoarthritis

Despite its prevalence, researchers aren’t sure of the exact cause of osteoarthritis. Factors that seem to play a role in increasing risk include a family history of the disease, injury, obesity and weak muscles around the joints. Anyone can develop osteoarthritis, but the incidence of the disease definitely increases as a person gets older.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can cause a variety of symptoms, but typically the first to occur are joint pain and stiffness. This can occur at different times in different people. For example, some experience more pain and stiffness after inactivity, while others experience it after overusing the joint. Some people with osteoarthritis will experience a period of stiffness when first waking up in the morning. Others will see their symptoms worsen as the day progresses and they continue to use their joints.

Other symptoms of osteoarthritis include a cracking or grinding noise at the joint, swelling and gradually decreasing function of the joint. Over time, the pain and reduced function can worsen if the osteoarthritis is not treated.

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Treatments for osteoarthritis vary widely, depending on the severity of the disease and the specific joints in the body that are affected. In general, some form of physical therapy, gentle exercises and weight loss or weight control will help lessen the impact of the disease on the joints and improve mobility and quality of life. A variety of medications are also used, either oral medications or an injection directly into the joint to relieve pain. Some natural supplements have also been shown to help osteoarthritis pain. And in extreme situations, surgery to repair or replace the joint might be necessary.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation; American College of Rheumatology

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8/30/2017
Common Painkillers May Boost Blood Pressure in Arthritis Patients

Widely used NSAID drugs may not be as safe as previously thought, researchers warn

8/24/2017
How You Think About Your Arthritis Makes a Difference

Confidence in your ability to remain active improves day-to-day life, study finds

8/14/2017
Skeletons Give Clues to Americans' Rising Arthritis Rates

Study suggests reasons for pained knees go beyond the usual suspects -- obesity and aging

5/24/2017
Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain

Could fiber or chondroitin ease arthritis?

5/17/2017
Treating Knee Osteoarthritis

Corticosteroid injections for knee osteoarthritis: do they work?

5/16/2017
Forget Steroid Shots for Long-Term Relief of Arthritic Knees

Noticeable cartilage loss detected in patients injected over 2 years, study says

5/11/2017
New Guidelines Say No to Most 'Keyhole' Knee Surgeries

Widely used arthroscopy won't help arthritic degeneration, expert panel says

5/5/2017
Do Your Knees Crackle and Pop?

It could mean arthritis is coming

5/2/2017
Can Dropping Some Weight Save Your Knees?

Loss was tied to less joint degeneration in study, but skeptics remain

3/29/2017
Knee Replacement Doesn't Always Pay, Researchers Say

Less pain to begin with, less gain from the procedure, but more benefit seen in those with severe arthritis

3/7/2017
1 in 4 U.S. Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

Agency recommends exercise, not opioids, to control pain, stiffness

1/24/2017
Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors May Face Long-Term Health Risks

Easing up on treatment for some may lower lifetime odds for osteoporosis, heart disease, researchers say

1/10/2017
Joints Achy? Don't Blame Mother Nature

Study disputes weather's role in knee and back pain

1/5/2017
Is Running Bad for Your Knees?

Study suggests it may slow development of osteoarthritis

11/21/2016
Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures?

In study, a certain class of medications was tied to more resilient bones for older patients

11/14/2016
Celebrex May Not Pose Bigger Heart Risk Than Similar Drugs: Study

Researchers found more complications, such as bleeding, for the pain relievers ibuprofen and naproxen

9/27/2016
Nanoparticles Ease Aching Joints in Mice

Treatment might one day help fight inflammation in human arthritis, scientists suggest

8/12/2016
Will 'Unloading' Shoes Help Your Arthritic Knees?

Study puts specially designed footwear to the test

7/20/2016
New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Several biologics have been approved by the FDA for use with certain forms of the disease

7/19/2016
Cartilage Grown in Lab Might One Day Help Younger Arthritis Sufferers

Made of patients' stem cells and synthetic 'scaffolding,' it may cut need for hip replacement, scientists say

6/24/2016
New Treatment Shows Promise for Crippling Knee Arthritis

Small study found single shot of patient's own stem cells improved pain, mobility

6/21/2016
Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health

At the job more than 60 hours a week had most damaging effects on women's well-being, study finds

5/23/2016
Tai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees

As effective as physical therapy, study suggests, plus it might also improve depression

3/18/2016
Acetaminophen Won't Help Arthritis Pain, Study Finds

Prescription diclofenac a more effective choice for short-term pain relief, researchers say

3/18/2016
Osteoarthritis and Pain Relievers

Does acetaminophen reduce the pain of osteoarthritis?

3/8/2016
Vitamin D a No Go for Arthritic Knees, Study Finds

Supplements didn't slow disease progression or ease pain, even in patients with low levels of the vitamin

2/11/2016
Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study

But treatments to improve strength, balance may guard against injuries, disability, researchers say

2/3/2016
Michelangelo Likely Had Arthritis, Medical Experts Say

But his work may have allowed him to keep using his hands until just before his death

12/10/2015
X-Rays May Miss Hip Arthritis, Study Finds

In people with hip pain, researchers found bone problem in fewer than one-quarter of images

12/2/2015
MRI Can Spot Early Signs of Knee Arthritis: Study

Even when X-rays are normal, the scans can signal need for preventive steps, researchers say

11/30/2015
Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds

Losing more than 10 percent of body weight was linked to slower degeneration of cushioning in joints

10/2/2015
Obesity Won't Affect Joint Surgery Safety, Study Finds

Heavy patients needed fewer blood transfusions, did not have more complications

9/18/2015
Tai Chi Might Help People With Long-Term Health Conditions

Study shows ancient exercise improves physical ability in those with arthritis, heart failure, emphysema and breast cancer

8/13/2015
1 in 4 Senior Women in U.S. Has Osteoporosis: CDC

About 6 percent of men aged 65 or older also have the bone-thinning condition, report finds

7/19/2015
Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

Disrupted shuteye can lower tolerance for aches in people with osteoarthritis, researchers say

6/17/2015
Study Questions Value of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for Older Patients

Exercise a better way to relieve arthritis discomfort, researchers say

6/9/2015
Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65

Fracture risk was very low for younger postmenopausal women with no osteoporosis, study found

6/4/2015
Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life

Joint disease plus other chronic health conditions may keep up to one-third affected out of workplace

3/27/2015
Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death

Connection is likely due to limited mobility, researcher says

2/12/2015
Number of Hip Replacements Has Skyrocketed, U.S. Report Shows

Procedure becoming more common in younger adults, but hospital stays now a day shorter

1/22/2015
Knee Pain While Using Stairs May Be First Sign of Arthritis

Discomfort with walking, standing, lying or sitting comes later, study finds

1/19/2015
Falls on the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

Study found more than a third of people over 65 reporting a fall over the past 2 years

1/6/2015
Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner

Injections were rated slightly more effective at fighting pain than pills

12/3/2014
Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests

Repairing tears in meniscus cartilage made joint trouble more likely than physical therapy did

11/17/2014
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis

Study showed greater improvements in pain, stiffness and function when added to routine care

11/17/2014
Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis, Study Says

In fact, it suggests running may even help prevent painful joint condition

11/3/2014
Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble

They more often underwent hip replacement surgeries decades later, study found

8/25/2014
Study Questions Value of Certain Knee Surgeries

For age-related meniscus tears, physical therapy and meds may work as well as arthroscopy

6/12/2014
Can 6,000 Steps a Day Keep Knee Arthritis at Bay?

Study links one hour of walking daily with improved mobility

5/21/2014
Physical Therapy May Not Improve Hip Arthritis, Study Finds

But, other experts say certain people will see a benefit from physical therapy