Osteoarthritis: The Facts by David J. Hunter, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, Nigel Arden

By David J. Hunter, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, Nigel Arden

Osteoarthritis: The Facts is helping sufferers and their carers higher comprehend the situation, empowering sufferers with the information and talents to actively take cost in their personal health and wellbeing by way of realizing up to they could approximately osteoarthritis, and checking out how this is most sensible managed.

Part 1 info what osteoarthritis is, what explanations it, who it impacts, what the most indicators are, the way it is clinically determined, and what the long term consequence is. half 2 explains the aptitude elements of administration that may be used for osteoarthritis, together with self-management innovations, workout, nutrition, drugs, surgical remedies, and substitute remedies. Osteoarthritis: The Facts additionally incorporates a worthwhile assets part, together with info on aid teams and internet sites, delivering the reader with a chance to teach and empower themselves with instruments that may support decrease their suffering.

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The American College of Rheumatology criteria for the classification and reporting of osteoarthritis of the hand. Arthritis and Rheumatism 1990; 33:1601–1610. 4. Zhang W, Doherty M, Leeb BF, Alekseeva L, Arden NK, Bijlsma JW, et al. EULAR evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis of hand osteoarthritis: report of a task force of ESCISIT. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2009; 68(1):8–17. 5. Altman R, Alarcón G, Appelrouth D, Bloch D, Borenstein D, Brandt K, et al. The American College of Rheumatology criteria for the classification and reporting of osteoarthritis of the hip.

Muscle weakness and joint injury Chapter 2 discussed the importance of muscle strength and tone in helping to maintain what is termed ‘a stable joint’: one that will ensure it moves in the correct direction with good power. In a good joint all the structures work together to maintain this stability. Studies have shown that previous injuries to joints and poor muscle strength are factors that can accelerate osteoarthritis progression. Unfortunately surgical correction following an injury does not completely protect the joint from osteoarthritis in the future.

To some degree it is up to individuals and choices that they make as to how the disease progresses, and how they choose to manage it, can alter the progression and symptoms of OA. Unfortunately there is no cure at present for OA, but research continues to play a vital role in enabling us to understand the disease process in more detail, which in turn will help us to treat it effectively and slow its natural progression. 47 Part 2 Management of osteoarthritis 49 6 The management of osteoarthritis— an overview % Key points ◆ There are a number of strategies that are helpful in the management of osteoarthritis.

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