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You may find the following information useful which relate to the treatment options available for osteoarthritis of the knee:

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.

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How Does Age Affect People's Experiences Of OA?


​When we think about arthritis, there is a tendency to categorise it as an old person’s disease. We envision the little old lady struggling to make it across the road or the old man with a walking stick. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. There are thought to be around 10 million people living in the UK with the disease and these cover a range of ages from children right up to those over the age of 65.