Osteoarthritis is almost a fact of life. Many of us are living longer and having more active lives.
There is a common misconception that osteoarthritis is caused by 'wear and tear' and means that you may not be able to exercise.
Quite the contrary; there is strong evidence that this complex inflammatory process can be treated with exercise, weight loss and simple painkillers. Staying on your feet may be just what the doctor ordered.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects many of us and is usually seen in those who live more active lifestyles and are aged over 45.
Symptoms are worse if a person is overweight. Symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness tend to occur in one or more joints, usually on one side of the body more than another.
Hips and knees are the common areas affected. Stiffness tends to decrease over the day, but pain can be a real problem. In rare cases, the joint can 'lock' due to erosion, and feel unstable. In these cases, surgical intervention may be helpful.
Read on to find out about osteoarthritis treatments including exercise.