Osteoarthritis

One of the commonest causes of arthritis is due to increased wear and tear secondary to joint misalignment, foreign bodies in the joint, damaged cartilage.

Symptoms

  • Joint pain at rest.
  • Pain on movement
  • Grating sensation otherwise known as crepitus may be felt on joint movement.
  • Swelling of joints in the fingers.


Diagnosis

  • X rays show decreased joint space.
  • Reactive new bone formation in the margins of the joints known as osteophytes.


Treatment

  • Is mainly to reduce pain and disability.
  • Local warmth may give relief
  • Physiotherapy may increase functional use of joints.
  • Weight reduction.


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