Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. John D. Chovan

Keywords

osteoarthritis, joints, arthritis, pathophysiology, inflammation, cartilage

Subject Categories

Family Medicine | Family Practice Nursing | Geriatric Nursing | Geriatrics | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Other Nursing

Abstract

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common joint diseases worldwide, and especially in the United States. This disease can cause chronic pain and disability, and can impair a patient’s quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living. There are many different factors that can contribute to the development, progression, and severity of OA. Chronic inflammation and the inflammatory response is the primary pathological process that contributes to the development of OA. With the number of cases of OA expected to increase in the United States, it is important that primary care providers have an understanding of how to diagnose and treat patients with OA to improve quality of life. Education about OA is also going to be necessary for providers in the future in promoting healthy lifestyles to help prevent and slow the progression of OA in patients.

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