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How does osteoarthritis impact the body?

Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage, or the protective slippery cushion of tissue that lines your joints, becomes damaged and unable to do its job. Over time, the joint cartilage breaks down to the point of bone-on-bone contact. This can be very painful and can cause inflammation. Over time, it can lead to disability.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

An aching joint from osteoarthritis (OA) can affect the rest of your body. If your knee or hip hurts, for instance, you might start to limp from the pain. The way you walk might also get thrown off as you try to compensate for the bad joint, and that can throw the rest of your body out of balance. This chain of events may result in pain in a different joint.

Inactivity due to OA can also impact the body negatively. Joints that hurt can turn you into a couch potato and couch potatoes usually gain weight and have more health problems. If you're having knee or hip pain from OA, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy, weight loss, medications and assistive devices like canes to help you control the pain, walk normally and stay active. 

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