BBJ - Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people around the world. It occurs when the cartilage surfaces within your joints become damaged so the joint doesn’t move as smoothly as it should. This can lead to painful, swollen and stiff joints.
Osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body but most commonly affects joints in your:
- lower back
Although osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists, there are treatments that can slow the progression of the disease, relieve pain and improve joint function.
For more information about osteoarthritis visit:
Arthritis UK www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/conditions/osteoarthritis.aspx
The NHS website www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Osteoarthritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx
This involves a full examination of the joint involved.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis but there are lots of ways to improve the symptoms you are getting.
Surgery is usually for people who have severe symptoms and have tried other treatments without success.
Self-care is an integral part of daily life.