Osteoarthritis in the Elderly Population

  • Roy D. AltmanEmail author


Osteoarthritis, previously known as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthrosis, and hypertrophic osteoarthritis­, is a chronic and sometimes progressive condition of the joint characterized by changes in articular cartilage and associated with adjacent changes in subchondral bone, bone joint ­margins, synovium, ligaments, capsule, and or muscles. Although almost half of the patients with imaging evidence of osteoarthritis are asymptomatic, the remaining half have associated pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of function. The diagnosis can be confirmed by radiograph, but the radiograph is often not essential to make the diagnosis. Treatment involves non-pharmacologic, pharmacologic, and surgical measures.


Osteoarthritis Elderly Treatments Pharmacologic therapy Non-pharmacologic therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of RheumatologyUCLALos AngelesUSA

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