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1

What is osteoarthritis?

Degenerative disease of the joints

2

Osteoarthritis is the ___ ___ form of arthritis seen in the elderly.

Number One

3

Which joints in the body are the most affected?

Weight- bearing joints- knees =, hips, fingers, back

4

What are the sign/symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Limited joint mobility , joint pain, joint stiffness

5

Is the pain osteoarthritis relieved by activity or rest?

Rest

6

Hard nodes will develop on the joints of the fingers, creating deformities. what is this called

Heberden's nodes

7

What is the primary medication given for pain?

NSAIDs

8

_____ may be injected into the joints to treat osteoarthritis?

Corticosteroids

9

What should you teach the client concerning activity?

Exercise- stop if pain occurs Try to lose weight to help take stress off joints.
Use hot/ cold therapy to help with pain. Assistive devices (canes, braces, etc.) will help with mobility.

10

What surgery may be required?

Hip/knee replacements

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