7 Myths About Knee Arthritis
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The Truth About Knee Arthritis

If you're often bothered by knee pain and stiffness, the problem could be arthritis. Nearly half of Americans will develop symptoms of knee osteoarthritis by their 80s. Among those who are obese, that fraction rises to two-thirds. How much do you really know about this common problem? Learn the truth about seven popular myths.

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