Dr. John Chovan, PhD., DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
Osteoarthritis, Pathophysiology of Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease, Inflammatory Joint Disorder, Articular Cartilage
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a slow-progressing inflammatory joint disorder that significantly reduces the quality of life for millions of Americans worldwide. This type of arthritis commonly impacts the weight-bearing joints and pain is often the first symptom experienced. OA is projected to increase both in prevalence and incidence. There are specific risk factors associated with this disease and knowing these risk factors, especially those that are modifiable, are essential in decreasing the likelihood of developing OA. Since there is no real cure for OA, considering the risk factors, knowing the signs and symptoms, becoming aware of the pathophysiology, and understanding what can be done to manage this disease will improve quality of life for everyone. Education is a vital component, and those who seek primary care early on are better able to maintain an active lifestyle and decrease the debilitating effects of joint destruction.
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