What therapies for this disease of many causes?Diagnosis can be elusive, but treatment strategies can work together to help relieve pain, increase function, and slow disease progression.

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Kerstin Morehead, MD, Kenneth E. Sack, MD

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Postgraduate Medicine:

Volume 114 No. 5


Clinical Focus

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DOI: 10.3810/pgm.2003.11.1521
Abstract: Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in the world. A major cause of pain and disability, it usually develops in the smaller joints of the fingers, the weight-bearing joints of the leg, and the movable portions of the spine. Often, however, a patient's symptoms do not correspond with the clinical features. Here, Drs Morehead and Sack diagram the pathogenesis and diagnosis of osteoarthritis and delve into the treatments available today, acknowledging the controversial nature of some therapies.