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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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​5 Things to ask your employer to improve your workplace


A healthy workplace environment is not just a right, but also a need. We spend a significant portion of our lives in offices, factories, service stations and more and when employers fail to deliver a healthy environment, employees and ex-employees can pay with their health for years to come.

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​Don't suffer in silence – Encouraging people to seek help


Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a very common long-term condition. Data collected in the UK and in the USA indicate that at least one-in-five people over the age of 45 have the condition to some degree. And, as you get older, the likelihood of the condition developing increases.

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​Joint pain – do’s & don’ts


Many people experience joint pain at some time during their life. There are various possible causes of pain in the joints, but most frequently it occurs as the result of an injury or arthritis.

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​3 steps to explaining your OA to your family


A diagnosis of osteoarthritis (OA) will likely have an impact on your daily life. However, it will also impact those around you. You may have mobility issues or require additional support in certain areas. In order for those around you to provide the support you need and to put their minds at rest about your diagnosis, it is important that they fully understand the condition. If you have recently been diagnosed with OA, but have yet to discuss it with those closest to you, here are three steps to explaining the disease to your family.

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Five Lifestyle & Nutrition Tips for Healthy Bones


Written for OA Knee Pain by Registered Dietician Nichola Ludlam-Raine. Nichola works as an NHS, freelance and private dietician and has appeared on BBC breakfast a number of times to provide her expert opinion. Here she tells us about the top 10 lifestyle and healthy eating tips for before and after surgery.

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​How a knee injury can increase your risk of Osteoarthritis


According to the NHS, osteoarthritis affects about 8 million people in the UK. While in many cases, the condition develops as a result of the slow degeneration of joints brought on by ageing, your susceptibility for developing osteoarthritis in the knee may increase if you have previously suffered an injury to the joint.

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Knee OA: Linking activity and pain (KOALAP)


The link between physical activity and knee pain is something that we are all aware of and make assumptions about but there hasn’t been any concrete research, until now. The same group of researchers from the University of Manchester responsible for the Cloudy with a chance of Pain study have created the Koalap.

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​Occupational risk OA


There is a strong link between our work and our health. We all spend a lot of time in our jobs and so it is important to analyse the risks involved and understand how our job can affect our health. With osteoarthritis, there can be many risk factors to consider at work. It is vital to assess what factors increase the risk of developing OA and how OA can be managed at work.

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​Cloudy With A Chance Of Pain


Many people experiencing knee pain express concerns or complaints about certain weather condition causing painful episodes or an increase in usual chronic pain. As this is quite common, it was a surprise to find that there doesn’t currently exist any scientific data or research on the existence of a relationship between the weather and pain; that is until now.

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​5 things you're experiencing that may be a result of OA


Cartilage plays an incredibly important role in joints, being firm and flexible, but softer than bone. Cartilage covers bone surfaces where they intersect and move against each other, to allow smooth joint movement. However, like other parts of the body, cartilage can wear down over time and this can lead to degenerative arthritis, which is also known as osteoarthritis. This condition is one of the most common joint disorders in the Western world.