Definition of osteoarthritis
: a common form of arthritis typically with onset during middle or old age that is characterized by progressive degenerative changes in the cartilage of one or more joints (as of the knees, hips, and hands) accompanied by thickening and overgrowth of adjacent bone and that is marked symptomatically chiefly by stiffness, swelling, pain, deformation of joints, and loss of range of motion — compare rheumatoid arthritis
osteoarthriticplay \ˌä-stē-ō-är-ˈthri-tik\ adjective
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The pain from the deteriorated joint at the base of her thumb caused by osteoarthritis was worsening, making her favorite hobby — gardening — increasingly difficult.
Many of those patients got hooked after a physician prescribed a relatively short course of pain medication for appendicitis, osteoarthritis, back or joint pain, or kidney or gallstones.
Rocky had lost muscle mass and suffered from a degenerative spine condition, osteoarthritis in his hips and complications from previous surgeries in his right hind leg, where cancerous tumors were removed .
In fact regular exercise has been shown to reduce arthritis symptoms by 40 percent and delay the progression of osteoarthritis in the knees and hips.
Veronese and his colleagues have been tracking 4,440 people aged 45 to 79 over a period of eight years to study osteoarthritis.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, nearly 10 million Americans had osteoarthritis of the knee in 2010.
Early evidence shows that PRP helps to decrease pain and increase function safely in injuries like tennis elbow, hamstring muscle tears and even osteoarthritis.
Flexion Therapeutics presented data over this weekend at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) annual meeting in San Diego suggesting that its experimental osteoarthritis drug Zilretta could come with a key safety leg-up.
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Origin and Etymology of osteoarthritis
First Known Use: 1878See Words from the same year
OSTEOARTHRITIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of osteoarthritis for English Language Learners
medical : a disease that causes the joints to become very painful and stiff
Medical Definition of osteoarthritis
: a common form of arthritis typically with onset during middle or old age that is characterized by progressive degenerative changes in the cartilage of one or more joints (as of the knees, hips, and hands) accompanied by thickening and overgrowth of adjacent bone and that is marked symptomatically chiefly by stiffness, swelling, pain, deformation of joints, and loss of range of motion—abbreviation OA; called also degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hypertrophic arthritis; compare rheumatoid arthritis
osteoarthritic\-ˈthrit-ik\play adjective Treatment for hand and finger osteoarthritis has the same goals as treatment for any osteoarthritic joint: pain reduction, mobility maintenance and minimization of disability.—Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 11 Mar. 1998
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