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What are some complications of osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Osteoarthritis complications include pain, swelling, inflammation, or stiffness when rising in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. These symptoms can be debilitating not only because they cause discomfort and limit mobility, but because they can slowly get worse over time.

Osteoarthritis is a process in which the joint breaks down, which can cause major problems. When joint cartilage breaks down, it causes the protective slippery cushion of tissue that lines your joints to be damaged and unable to do its job. This damage can be permanent once the cartilage wears down to the point of bone-on-bone contact. This can be very painful and may lead to disability. Total joint replacement may be needed.

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