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Can osteoarthritis cause disability?

Osteoarthritis can cause disability. Osteoarthritis is a condition in which wear and tear on the joints over time causes degenerative changes. These changes result in a reduction in cartilage, which can cause pain. In some people, this pain can be disabling. In order to prevent this from happening, people with osteoarthritis should, talk to a doctor about treatments that can help control this pain and keep them moving.
Osteoarthritis may progress differently in different people. In most cases, it develops slowly over time, but it can worsen rapidly in severe cases. It can also remain stable for many years without progression. In some people, osteoarthritis is merely a mild inconvenience; in others, it causes extreme pain and disability. Interestingly, x-rays can show joint damage but cannot predict pain or disability. In more serious cases, the disease may take a toll on a person's lifestyle, restricting daily activities and causing job limitations, which may lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.

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