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Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States. It can affect many different regions of the body, with many patients suffering from debilitating pain that makes it hard to do the things they love and live their highest quality of life. Here are some commonly affected areas:
Abnormal wearing and tearing of the cartilage in the knees can make it difficult to walk, go up and downstairs, dance, and exercise.
When osteoarthritis affects the hips, it can make it very difficult to get around and also make a person more prone to falls and possible hip surgery.
The glenohumeral joint and acromioclavicular joint are two parts in the shoulder that can be commonly affected by arthritic changes, causing the person to have difficulty with lifting, carrying, and even sleeping.
The wrists, and even base of the thumbs, are common areas of arthritis, especially in people who have worked with their hands for many years.
Common in people like dancers or other athletes who are frequently putting stress on their ankles, this can lead to difficulties with walking and even intense discomfort in certain types of footwear.
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