This page contains the basic information about Osteoarthritis .
There is no reliable way to prevent most cases of osteoarthritis. However, you may be able to control some factors that increase the risk of developing the disease. You can:
It may also help to prevent or treat any conditions that might contribute to joint damage, such as hemochromatosis, gout or infection.
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Created: 4/27/2004 | Last Modified: 8/21/2006
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