Flashcards in Osteoarthritis Deck (10)
What is osteoarthritis?
Degenerative disease of the joints
Osteoarthritis is the ___ ___ form of arthritis seen in the elderly.
Which joints in the body are the most affected?
Weight- bearing joints- knees =, hips, fingers, back
What are the sign/symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Limited joint mobility , joint pain, joint stiffness
Is the pain osteoarthritis relieved by activity or rest?
Hard nodes will develop on the joints of the fingers, creating deformities. what is this called
What is the primary medication given for pain?
_____ may be injected into the joints to treat osteoarthritis?
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.