What are complications of osteoarthritis?

The most common complications of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in the joints, which can interfere with the ability to perform day to day activities. Osteoarthritis can interfere with work, playing sports, climbing stairs, and even simpler activities such as standing up from a seated position.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help relieve osteoarthritis pain, but carry side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney problems and an increased risk for heart attack. Physical therapy can also help. In some cases, surgical joint replacement may be recommended to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The most common complication of osteoarthritis (OA) is a bad reaction to the drugs that are used to control pain and swelling. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, diclofenac, indomethacin (Indocin) and celecoxib (Celebrex) can cause stomach bleeding and may increase your risk of having a heart attack.

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