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Common Forms Of Arthritis
Although there are more than 100 forms of arthritic conditions, the most common disorders include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and lupus.

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Learn The Basics
Introduction
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease or wear-and-tear arthritis, is a common medical condition affecting approximately 20 million Americans.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Learn the answers to the questions most commonly asked by those with osteoarthritis.
Identifying Risk Factors
There is probably no single cause of osteoarthritis, but certain risk factors have been identified.
Changes In Joint Cartilage
Symptoms of osteoarthritis result from changes in the cartilage of the joints.

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Working With Your Health-Care Provider
For the most part, health-care providers diagnose osteoarthritis on the basis of symptoms that are evident during an office visit and on physical examination.
Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis
As with any chronic pain, an individual's experience of osteoarthritis is extremely variable.

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Drug Treatment For Osteoarthritis
There are many drug options available to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Deciding On Treatment
When it comes to treatment options for osteoarthritis, the news is both good and bad.
Surgical Treatment
There are a variety of surgical techniques available to treat joints damaged by osteoarthritis.
Treatments Other Than Drugs Or Surgery
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you can choose from a variety of treatment options that don't involve either drugs or surgery.

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Additional Resources
Contact these organizations for more information about osteoarthritis.
Living With Osteoarthritis
After you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and have started treatment, there are several important ways you can further reduce the toll of this disease on your lifestyle.

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