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Clinical assessment: signs, symptoms, and patient perceptions in osteoarthritis 

Clinical assessment: signs, symptoms, and patient perceptions in osteoarthritis
Clinical assessment: signs, symptoms, and patient perceptions in osteoarthritis

Margreet Kloppenburg

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date: 27 February 2021

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disorder that can affect any joint. It results in a high clinical burden in many patients. Patients with OA experience a wide range of symptoms and clinical signs such as pain, disability, stiffness, tenderness, crepitus, and decreased mobility and strength in their osteoarthritic joints, where the impact depends on the involved joint. Also general symptoms such as fatigue and psychosocial consequences are experienced by OA patients. The impact of symptoms and signs does not only depend on osteoarthritic abnormalities, but also on patient factors, such as coping strategies and illness perceptions, and co-morbidities. In this chapter, general and joint-specific symptoms and signs as well as the impact of patient factors are discussed.

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