Instructed on some signs/symptoms of Osteoarthritis, such as: decreased exercise tolerance and restriction of joint movement, among others.
Instructed on some signs/symptoms of Osteoarthritis, such as: crepitus (creaking or granting upon joint movement), among others.
Taught that exercising regularly, as directed by MD, is a measure aimed to preventing/controlling Osteoarthritis.
Taught that controlling weight to prevent increased pressure on the joints is a measure aimed to preventing/controlling Osteoarthritis.
Instructed patient on factors that may increase the risk of osteoarthritis, such as, trauma, advancing age, poor body posture, genetic tendency, metabolic or endocrine abnormalities, and others.
Instructed patient about Osteoarthritis. This is a degenerative non-inflammatory joint disease and it can affect all mobile joints, especially weight-bearing joints.
Instructed patient about S/S of osteoarthritis, such as, aching pain which increases with activity and is usually relieved with rest, stiffness upon rising, fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, crepitus, restriction of joint movement and others.
Instructed patient about how when suffering from osteoarthritis the weight-bearing larger joints, including those of the hips, knees, neck and lower spine are the most commonly affected. The small finger joints can be involved too.
Instructed patient about how in many cases this condition produces some amount of short-lived discomfort that disappears within a year. Limited and minor pain of osteoarthritis may occur at intervals of a few months or a year and can be treated putting the joint to rest, applying heat and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
Instructed patient on how the severe and persistent pain caused by osteoarthritis may be treated with prescription painkillers. Corticosteriod medications can be injected into a painful joint to relieve discomfort, but this procedure carries the risk of damaging the joint cartilage if performed too frequently.