OA is diagnosed through a physical examination and review of symptoms, X-rays, and lab tests. OA should be diagnosed by a doctor, particularly a rheumatologist who specializes in arthritis and other related conditions.
Joint injury or overuse (such as knee bending and repetitive stress on a joint). Age—The risk of developing OA increases with age. Gender—Women are more likely to develop OA than men, especially after age 50. Being obese—Extra weight puts more stress on joints, particularly weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. Genetics—People who have family... Read More »
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is sometimes called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It most frequently occurs in the hands, hips, and knees. With OA, the cartilage and bones within a joint begin to break down. These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time. OA... Read More »
It’s important for people with arthritis to maintain a healthy weight. For people who are overweight or obese, losing weight reduces pressure on joints, particularly weight bearing joints like the hips and knees. In fact, losing as little as 10 to 12 pounds can reduce pain and improve function for people with arthritis. At any... Read More »
It’s normal to have pain, stiffness, and swelling after starting a new physical activity program. It may take 6 to 8 weeks for your joints to get used to your new activity level, but sticking with your activity program will result in long-term pain relief. Here are some tips to help you manage pain during... Read More »
Research shows that arthritis-friendly physical activity is good for people with arthritis. Moderate physical activity 5 or more days a week can help to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness and give you more energy. Regular physical activity can also lift your mood and make you feel more positive.
Properly managing your arthritis can help to decrease pain, improve function, stay productive, and lower health care costs. Self-management is what you do day-to-day to manage your condition and stay healthy. Practice proven self-management strategies to reduce arthritis pain so you can pursue the activities that are important to you.