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Knee replacement: Life changing or a disappointment?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications While there are more than 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is by far the most common. It’s the age-related, “wear-and-tear” type of arthritis that affects almost everyone fortunate enough to live a long life, affecting up to 80% of older adults. Fortunately, symptoms may be mild. But for those in whom symptoms are severe, treatment can make a big difference. So what…

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