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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Jun 28, 2011
Affecting more than 10% of the United States population, this is a disease which produces marked pain in the joints. Recently, a friend told me that out of nowhere she had this shot of pain in her knee cap! Her doctor prescribed Glucosamine for her but it has to be imported from the U.S. I've no clear idea why she can't get it here in Asia, it might be one that's of a higher dosage (mg). In any case, do not overstress your bones or joints!

Stay clear of high heels, ladies! Excessive typing is a no-no, I reckon ;-)

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Osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joints,[1] including articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. A variety of causes—hereditary, developmental, metabolic, and mechanical—may initiate processes leading to loss of cartilage. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, bone may be exposed and damaged. As a result of decreased movement secondary to pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become more lax.[2]

Treatment generally involves a combination of exercise, lifestyle modification, and analgesics. If pain becomes debilitating,joint replacement surgery may be used to improve the quality of life. OA is the most common form of arthritis,[2] and the leading cause of chronic disability in the United States.[3] It affects about 8 million people in the United Kingdom and nearly 27 million people in the United States.

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