OsteoArthritis and Devils Claw

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common disorder of the joints with the principal underlying process being that of cartilage degradation (Hough, 1997, p1945). There is a general consensus (Beers and Berkow 1999, p449; Kumar and Clark, 1999, p446; Souhami and Moxham 1998, p941, Woolf 1998, p1072) that microscopical changes within the cartilage leads to its deterioration and ability to absorb load and so subsequently OA can be thought of as a physiological disorder.
Symptoms and signs

In the early stages these are; pain, due to over vigorous exercise and morning stiffness, due to a long periods of inactivity. As OA progresses a creaking sound in the joint known as creptius can be heard and felt. Joint deformity can be seen by x-ray. Inflammation comes with the usual signs of redness, heat, pain and swelling and is most commonly found in the interphalangeal joints. Instability occurs and in advanced cases there is a loss of function (Beers and Berkow, 1999, p450; Kumar and Clark, 1999, p468, Souhami and Moxham,1998, p492; Woolf, 1998, p1074)

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