Osteoarthritis Teaching 2315

Patient/caregiver instructed osteoarthritis is a degenerative, noninflammatory joint disease. The cartilage that protects the ends of bones is worn away. It can affect all mobile joints, especially weight-bearing joints: hip, knee, and spinal column. Risk factors are advanced age, trauma, overuse of joints, genetic tendency, obesity, metabolic or endocrine abnormalities.