Clients with Disabilities - Osteoarthritis

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- Disease of the joints

- Commonly affects older people

- Cartilage covering the bone surfaces at a joint becomes inflamed and degenerates

- Small protrusions of bone grow from the bone surface

- Weight-bearing joints, especially the knees, hips, back and neck are most likely to be affected

Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

- Swelling of the joints

- Grating between the joint surfaces during movement

- Pain of the joint

- Stiffness after inactivity

Cause of Osteoarthritis

- Genetic predisposition

- Deficiency of hormone oestrogen

- Joint damage


- Effects on joints tend to increase with time - gradually

- Many people with Osteoarthritis stay active

Physical and Psychological Effects

- Restricted use of the affected


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