All About Osteoarthritis: The Definitive Resource for Arthritis Patients and Their Families

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Oxford University Press, Mar 14, 2002 - Medical - 272 pages
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Osteoarthritis afflicts about 25 million people in the United States--two-thirds of all people over 65--and the numbers will only grow in the coming years as baby boomers age. Yet few who suffer from this disease know much about it--how to relieve the pain, what exercises might help lessen their suffering, how to cut down on visits to the doctor. In All About Osteoarthritis, two leading authorities on the disease--Nancy E. Lane and Daniel J. Wallace--join forces to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive discussion of osteoarthritis available, explaining what osteoarthritis is, how patients can help themselves, and how to find the best resources to manage the disorder. The authors offer information in a clear and accessible style, with detailed illustrations showing how key joints--knees, hips, fingers, backs, hands, and necks--degenerate. They take readers through the steps of diagnosis, how the body is affected, and ways to manage the disease. In user-friendly language, they describe all of the established treatment options, including new medications and their side effects, and help readers determine when surgery may be necessary. The authors also examine alternative treatments, clarifying which work, which may work, and which definitely do not. And they outline recent advances in the field and discuss where these breakthroughs may lead us. While osteoarthritis most acutely affects the elderly, it starts years before, and many people suffer the aches and pains of the condition well before old age. For aging baby boomers, much can be done before osteoarthritis becomes chronic and debilitating. This comprehensive guide will provide an excellent resource for patients and their families, caregivers, and medical professionals.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS
1
BONING UP ON THE MUSCULOSKELETAL
23
Cartilage and Its Accomplices
30
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
36
How Is Osteoarthritis Diagnosed?
47
The Many Faces of Osteoarthritis
53
1o How Can I Be Sure Its Really Osteoarthritis?
61
HOW AND WHERE CAN THE BODY BE
67
The Lower Body
98
THE MANAGEMENT OF OSTEOARTHRITIS
117
Special Cases
203
OUTCOME AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
209
Glossary
225
Resources
235
Index
243
Copyright

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Nancy E. Lane is Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine and Rheumatology, University of California, San Francisco, and the Director of the Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital. She is the author of The Osteoporosis Book. Daniel J. Wallace is the best-selling author of The Lupus Book and Making Sense of Fibromyalgia. He is Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, an Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Past President of the Research and Education Foundation of the American College of Rheumatology.

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