What is Osteoarthritis?

Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses the disease osteoarthritis.

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Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses the disease osteoarthritis.
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Featuring Dr. Kam Shojania, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 3 minutes, 38 seconds

Presenter: Dr. Kam Shojania, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

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Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body.


Osteoarthritis is most common in the joints of the knees, hips, hands, fingers, neck and spine, although it can affect any joint in the body.


Osteoarthritis symptoms can be worse when you first get up.


Osteoarthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness and swelling in joints, especially when getting up in the morning. If your OA is severe, you may feel pain for the entire day, or lose your ability to use the joint. Pain and stiffness in the hands and loss of grip strength and dexterity are common, making it challenging to open jars or grip something tightly in the hands.


Losing weight won't help osteoarthritis as it doesn't effect weight-bearing joints.


Even five or ten pounds of weight loss significantly reduces the strain across a weight-bearing joint, and can improve pain and reduce the need for joint replacement in the future.


If you have osteoarthritis you will know, as the symptoms are too painful to ignore.


Many individuals will not have any osteoarthritis symptoms. Others will have quite severe symptoms.


Corticosteroid injections can be an effective osteoarthritis treatment.


OA medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections, acetaminophen and pain medications such as opioids.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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