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How to manage Osteoarthritis

The type of treatment you will receive for your osteoarthritis (OA) is determined by which joint in the body has been affected, the symptoms you are showing and their severity. There are two types of treatments - non-surgical and surgical - and it can take one or a combination of treatments to allow you to live as near a life as possible to before you were diagnosed with OA.

To help your GP decide what treatments are suitable for you, they will need to look at your circumstances. For example, will maintaining a healthy weight by exercising regularly be helpful? Will medication be useful for pain relief? Or will supportive therapies make living with the condition easier? Your occupation and leisure activities will also be taken into consideration.

In certain cases, surgery to repair, replace or strengthen affected joints may be the most suitable form of treatment. However, your GP will only resort to surgery if other treatments have not been effective.

What Are My Options - Treatment Of Osteoarthritis - OA Knee The number of options available can be quite overwhelming

Non-Surgical Treatments

Surgical Treatments

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Stages of Recovery from Knee Replacement


The knee is a vital joint that enables movement and stability in the leg. If the health of the knee is affected and other treatments have not given relief, the entire joint may be replaced with surgery. It can take months to recover after this type of surgery, and it may even be a year before the knee has full strength and endurance, so it is not an operation to undergo lightly. However for those whose knees are worn, damaged or causing great pain, a knee replacement can give great relief.

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​Remarkable surgical techniques involved in a hip replacement?


Hip osteoarthritis is a condition that affects around 11% of the UK population over the age of 45. It is caused by a loss of cartilage around the hip joint, and this results in pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. While age is the biggest factor in developing hip osteoarthritis, other factors such as being overweight or not taking enough exercise can also play a role. After someone has been diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis, hip replacement surgery might be prescribed. This procedure may sound drastic but is actually relatively straightforward and not as invasive as it sounds.

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​Joint pain – do’s & don’ts


If the knee, the hip or other joints are troubling you then here are a few “Do’s and don’ts” you should consider which can influence the progression of your osteoarthritis.

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Knee arthroscopy versus tibial osteotomy versus knee replacement surgery


All these options have different benefits and are suitable for different requirements and scenarios. A treatment that has been deemed suitable for your friend may be completely inappropriate for you as all treatment options are dependent entirely upon your unique medical circumstances (even your social circumstances).

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The OA knee


OA is the shortening for osteoarthritis, a condition whereby a sufferer develops problems with movement in the knee joint, including pain and stiffness. Read on to discover more about the symptoms of this condition, the probable causes, possible complications, treatments and ways to live with the condition comfortably.

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Why is it important to focus on multiple treatment options simultaneously?


Because there is no stand-out, totally effective single treatment for osteoarthritis, people with the condition often find it best to put together a personal portfolio of treatments that will work together to help relieve pain and improve mobility. The combination that works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important to understand what’s available, how effective it is and whether it will help your personal condition.

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What are the top 10 most common causes of osteoarthritis?


Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a degenerative joint condition that affects over 8 million people in the UK. This disease is the most common form of arthritis, and is particularly prevalent amongst the older population. Affecting the cartilage in a joint, osteoarthritis can result in pain, stiffness and reduced mobility.

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National Arthritis Week 2017


The week commencing 9th October 2017 is National Arthritis Awareness week, a campaign run by Arthritis Research UK with the aim of raising awareness of Arthritis and the impact that is has on the UK.