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Information And Treatment

Osteoarthritis is a fairly common joint condition caused by the breakdown of cartilage. It can be caused by aging or injury. Symptoms typically appear after the age of 50. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain and stiffness in the joints.

While common remedies for osteoarthritis include steroid injections, surgery and medication, a NIH study showed that treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee with acupuncture was effective at alleviating pain and improving joint function. A study by the Yale Prevention Research Center also showed that Swedish massage eased pain and improved mobility in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.