Degenerative conditions, like arthritis and arthrosis, are a sign of aging, just like grey hair! Unfortunately osteoarthritis can stop us from doing the things we love, and although there is no cure, there are various ways to slow its progression and lessen the pain, getting you back to the things that matter. Equip yourself with the knowledge on how to manage osteoarthritis and to continue to live your life to the fullest!

An overview of the most common joints affected by osteoarthritis

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The best medicine for osteoarthritis is gentle exercise, as it keeps the joints flexible.

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Especially with osteoarthritis you have to move your joints and keep your pulse at a good level in order to stay fit.

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Frequently asked questions / FAQs about Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term that covers all types of arthritis, including arthrosis. Arthrosis is a specific type of degenerative condition caused by wear and tear of the joints leading to a damaged and weakened cartilage.

There's a range of early warning signs of arthritis including: Pain and swelling around the joint, stiffness that gets worse while it's inactive and improves when you're exercising, reduced range of motion, cracking or grinding noises when moving and a dull ache that comes and goes, especially in cold weather.

Arthritis is primarily a degenerative condition that comes with age due to wear and tear of the joints. Factors that can aggravate this process include excess weight, poor diet, low activity, old age and excessive levels of activity, with people who have a family history of arthritis much more likely to develop it.

Unfortunately there is no way to cure arthritis, however with the right treatment and lifestyle changes, you can slow down the progression of the condition and effectively manage any pain caused by it.

In milder to moderate cases of arthritis, braces that compress at a medical grade and stabilse the affected joint are most suitable for reliveing pain and stiffness. In more chronic and serious cases, unloading of the joint is required to minimse or prevent bone on bone contact.

This changes from person to person, and is really dependent on comfort levels and the severity of the condition. Wearing a brace during the day is normally okay if the patient is comfortable, but should only be done if you're stretching and

Medical grade compression has been shown to be highly effective in relieving the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. While compression socks normally bought at the chemist or airport can provide some relief, it's not long lasting or effective in most cases. It's important to use medical grade compression stockings to ensure adequate relief and pain management.

Any joint in the body can be affected by arthritis. However, the more common areas include the knees, wrists, feet and hips. It's more likely to occur in the parts of your body that are more regularly put under strain over time.

Once the cartilage in your body is damaged, it can't heal, nor grow back. This means that in the large majority of cases it's irreversible, and can only be treated through therapy, bracing, suppllements and other lifestyle changes.

In most cases, arthritis is not serious enough to warrant surgery and can be managed with minimal pain or discomfort. However, for those who have more serious arthritis that stops them from being able to perform basic actions without severe pain, partial or full reconstructions or replacements of the joint can be done by surgery to relieve the pain.