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(HealthDay News) -- Osteoarthritis, often referred to as "wear-and-tear arthritis," is characterized by the wearing away of the cartilage that covers the ends of bones that form the joints.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says the pain condition can be treated without surgery. It mentions these potential treatment options:
Making lifestyle changes, including losing weight.
Taking medication, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids.
Limiting exercise to low-impact activities, such as biking or swimming.
Getting physical therapy.
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