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.

 

FAQs

  • What does Osteoarthritis affect?

    Some of the most important treatments for Osteoarthritis are simple changes to attitude and lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise can, for example, improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Similarly, changing some of the foods you eat to help manage weight can ease pressure on many joints.

  • Is Osteoarthritis affected by joint use?

    Some of the most important treatments for Osteoarthritis are simple changes to attitude and lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise can, for example, improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Similarly, changing some of the foods you eat to help manage weight can ease pressure on many joints.

  • How can I know if I have Osteoarthritis?

    Some of the most important treatments for Osteoarthritis are simple changes to attitude and lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise can, for example, improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Similarly, changing some of the foods you eat to help manage weight can ease pressure on many joints.

  • Who can get Osteoarthritis?

    Some of the most important treatments for Osteoarthritis are simple changes to attitude and lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise can, for example, improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Similarly, changing some of the foods you eat to help manage weight can ease pressure on many joints.

  • What can I do if I think I have Osteoarthritis?

    Some of the most important treatments for Osteoarthritis are simple changes to attitude and lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise can, for example, improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Similarly, changing some of the foods you eat to help manage weight can ease pressure on many joints.