Osteoarthritis Nursing Care Plan



Ref: CP0129

Osteoarthritis Nursing Care Plan

Osteoarthritis is sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ arthritis and becomes more likely as a person gets older. Being overweight increases the risk of osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee. An injury, operation, earlier disease or repeated strain at a joint may lead to osteoarthritis later in life.

The smooth cartilage that takes the strain in a normal joint becomes rough, brittle and weak and to compensate, the bone beneath thickens and spreads out, forming knobbly outgrowths.

The Care Plan sets out a clear explanation of the resident’s issue, and will guide the nurse or carer through the process of preparing a comprehensive, individual person centred Care Plan.

Osteoarthritis Nursing Care Plan Features:

Identifies the symptoms experienced

Details the comprehensive plan of care

Identifies possible complications


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