Osteoarthritis: pathogenesis, clinical features and management
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Osteoarthritis: pathogenesis, clinical features and management

Jennie A Walker Clinical educator, Academic Division of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder of the synovial joints that is characterised by joint pain, stiffness and limited range of movement. The majority of nurses will encounter patients with this condition even though this might not be the reason they are seeking health care. This article discusses the associated signs and symptoms, investigations, diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

Nursing Standard. 24, 1, 35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.



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