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All about Osteoarthritis: The Definitive Resource for Arthritis Patients and Their Families [NOOK Book]

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"Osteoarthritis afflicts about 25 million people in the United States—two-thirds of all people over 65—and the numbers will only grow in the coming years as baby boomers age. Yet few who suffer from this disease know much about it—how to relieve the pain, what exercises might help lessen their suffering, how to cut down on visits to the doctor. In All About Osteoarthritis, two leading authorities on the disease—Nancy E. Lane and Daniel J. Wallace—join forces to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive discussion of osteoarthritis available,
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All about Osteoarthritis: The Definitive Resource for Arthritis Patients and Their Families

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Overview

"Osteoarthritis afflicts about 25 million people in the United States—two-thirds of all people over 65—and the numbers will only grow in the coming years as baby boomers age. Yet few who suffer from this disease know much about it—how to relieve the pain, what exercises might help lessen their suffering, how to cut down on visits to the doctor. In All About Osteoarthritis, two leading authorities on the disease—Nancy E. Lane and Daniel J. Wallace—join forces to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive discussion of osteoarthritis available, explaining what osteoarthritis is, how patients can help themselves, and how to find the best resources to manage the disorder. The authors offer information in a clear and accessible style, with detailed illustrations showing how key joints—knees, hips, fingers, backs, hands, and necks—degenerate. They take readers through the steps of diagnosis, how the body is affected, and ways to manage the disease. In user-friendly language, they describe all of the established treatment options, including new medications and their side effects, and help readers determine when surgery may be necessary. The authors also examine alternative treatments, clarifying which work, which may work, and which definitely do not. And they outline recent advances in the field and discuss where these breakthroughs may lead us. While osteoarthritis most acutely affects the elderly, it starts years before, and many people suffer the aches and pains of the condition well before old age. For aging baby boomers, much can be done before osteoarthritis becomes chronic and debilitating. This comprehensive guide will provide an excellentresource for patients and their families, caregivers, and medical professionals."
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"There are many easy-to-understand line drawings explaining the anatomy and procedures described in the book and an excellent glossary." —Choice

"This is a practical, comprehensive, and up-to-date overview of osteoarthritis written by very experienced and highly respected authors, and should prove helpful to all of those who read it." —Joseph D. Croft, M.D., past-president of the American College of Rheumatology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198031727
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,132,013
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy E. Lane is Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine and Rheumatology, University of California, San Francisco, and the Director of the Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital. She is the author of The Osteoporosis Book. Daniel J. Wallace is the best-selling author of The Lupus Book and Making Sense of Fibromyalgia. He is Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, an Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Past President of the Research and Education Foundation of the American College of Rheumatology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Introduction and Definitions 1
1 What Is Osteoarthritis? 6
2 The History of Osteoarthritis 9
3 Who Gets Osteoarthritis? 11
Pt. II Boning Up on the Musculoskeletal System 23
4 Bone: A Living Tissue 25
5 Cartilage and Its Accomplices: The Body's Shock Absorbers 30
6 What Causes Osteoarthritis? 36
Pt. III How Does a Doctor Evaluate Osteoarthritis? 39
7 What Happens at a Musculoskeletal Examination? 41
8 How Is Osteoarthritis Diagnosed? 47
9 The Many Faces of Osteoarthritis: Specialized Forms 53
10 How Can I Be Sure It's Really Osteoarthritis? 61
Pt. IV How and Where can the Body be Affected by Osteoarthritis? 67
11 The Upper Body and Extremities 69
12 The Spine: Its Nooks and Tingles 80
13 The Lower Body: Undoings at Our Underpinnings 98
Pt. V The Management of Osteoarthritis 117
14 You Can Conquer Osteoarthritis 119
15 Living Well with Osteoarthritis 127
16 Exercises to Improve Osteoarthritis 137
17 How Osteoarthritis Medications Are Tested 156
18 Medications that Work for Osteoarthritis 163
19 Local Medical Therapies 169
20 But Doctor, I'm in Pain! 175
21 When Do We Operate? 183
22 Alternative Therapies: Do They Work? 191
23 I Have Osteoarthritis: Who Should I Go to for Treatment? 197
24 Special Cases: Osteoarthritis from Childhood Events and During Pregnancy 203
Pt. VI Outcome and Future Directions 209
25 Can Or Should I Work? 211
26 Prognosis 217
27 New directions: Is There Hope for a Cure? 222
App. 1: Glossary 225
App. 2: Resources 235
Index 243
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