What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a condition that causes painful joints, and can reduce mobility and make everyday tasks more difficult to perform.

Osteoarthritis was once considered to be an inevitable consequence of ageing, or 'wear and tear' on the joints. It is now believed that many factors are involved in osteoarthritis development, including genetics, bodyweight, the work we do and our recreational activities.

Osteoarthritis develops gradually but with early diagnosis and the right balance of exercise, healthy eating and pain management regimens, you can help limit its effect on your everyday life. By working with your doctor you can find the management options that work best for you.