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Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease causing deterioration of the joint cartilage (the softer parts of bones, which cushion their connections to each other) and the formation of new bone (bone spurs) at the margins of the joints.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Osteoarthritis
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public. An excellent interactive tutorial is available.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
NIAMS leads the Federal effort on research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress to improve public health. Look here for the latest information on research about osteoarthritis.

Arthritis Foundation
This website developed by the Arthritis Foundation provides helpful links to current news articles about arthritis research and advice for your daily lifestyle living with arthritis. This site also contains links for advocacy, local events supporting arthritis and nutrition and fitness routines. Call 800-283-7800 for support and information.


  • 100 questions and answers about arthritis. Quinn C. 2008
  • Yoga for arthritis: the complete guide. Fishman L. 2008
  • Optimizing women’s health through nutrition. Thompson, LU ed. 2008.
  • Osteoarthritis. Arden E. 2008.
  • Arthritis: Your questions answered. Bird H. 2007.
  • Arthritis Rx: A cutting-edge program for a pain-free life. Vad. 2006.
  • Living well with arthritis: A sourcebook for understanding and managing your arthritis. Mosher D. 2006.
  • Out of joint: A private & public story of arthritis. Felstiner M. 2005.
  • Osteoarthritis. Brandt, KD. 2003.
  • Action plan for arthritis. Millar AL. 2003.
  • Guideline for the management of pain in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,and juvenile chronic arthritis. American Pain Society. 2002.


  • Keeping the hips you were born with. Harvard Health Letter. 35(6):7. Apr. 2010.
  • What are some alternative treatments for arthritis? Duke Medicine Health News, 16(2):8. Feb. 2010.
  • Exercise: Rx for overcoming osteoarthritis. Harvard Women's Health Watch. 15(1):4-5. September 2007.
  • Stronger leg muscles may thwart knee arthritis. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 25(3):4. March 2007.


  • Arthritis: A Complete Workout for Better Living. 75 min.
  • Arthritis at Time of Diagnosis. 30 min.
  • Mini-med school. Bones, joints & muscles. 360 min.

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Last UpdateMarch 6, 2012