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Osteoarthritis

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time. This disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips. Osteoarthritis is most common in adults over age 45. Obesity, injury, family history, and prolonged experience with previous activities such as dance, football, physical labor, and other activities that stress the joints can lead to increased risk of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. However, treatments may slow the progression of the disease, relieve pain and improve joint function.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Stiffness most noticeable in the morning or after periods of inactivity, is common. Pain, limited movement and flexibility, swelling and cracking in the joints are common symptoms of osteoarthritis.

What is the treatment for osteoarthritis?

Visit Healthcare Clinic for an assessment, treatment and management of your osteoarthritis symptoms. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the progression of the joint deterioration, we may refer you to an orthopedic specialist or a rheumatologist. Over the counter and/or prescription medications may be prescribed to help relieve symptoms.*

This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.

Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.

If you believe you have a medical emergency,  please call 911.

1 Prescriptions written when clinically appropriate. Patients have a choice of pharmacy.

2 Service is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.

* Patient care services provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned professional corporation whose licensed healthcare professionals are not employed by or agents of Walgreen Co. or its subsidiaries, including Take Care Health Systems, LLC.