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What is osteoarthritis?

June 07, 2019 - 4:00 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Cartilage acts like a cushioning surface in the body and when it's damaged, a person can actually have areas of a joint where bone rubs against bone. The condition is called osteoarthritis and it is a condition that can worsen as people get older.  

The joint impacted the most is the knee. The most common symptom is, not surprisingly, pain.  

In addition, with activity, there is a limited range of motion, stiffness, tenderness and swelling around the knee.  

Often, people will say they feel as if the knee is going to give out. 

Pain medicine can help, as well as physical therapy, and exercise and weight loss can make a big difference.