Many common soundness issues, from minor joint inflammation to debilitating arthritis, begin slowly and subtly. When they are recognized early on, it's often possible to lessen their severity. But other key factors, including location and severity of the problem, also come into play.
This chart highlights a sampling of outlooks for a variety of common bone and joint problems.
(The chart is in PDF format which can be viewed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. If the program is not on your computer, please visit www.adobe.com to download your free copy. If you still have trouble opening the PDF file, email your name and fax number to email@example.com.)