Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis

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    Steve Smith
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    Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. When the cartilage – the slick, cushioning surface on the ends of bones – wears away, bone rubs against bone, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Over time, joints can lose strength and pain may become chronic. Risk factors include excess weight, family history, age and previous injury (an anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, tear, for example).

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    When the joint symptoms of osteoarthritis are mild or moderate, they can be managed by:

    1. balancing activity with rest
    2. using hot and cold therapies
    3. regular physical activity
    4. maintaining a healthy weight
    5. strengthening the muscles around the joint for added support
    6. using assistive devices
    7. taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medicines
    8. avoiding excessive repetitive movements

    If joint symptoms are severe, causing limited mobility and affecting quality of life, some of the above management strategies may be helpful, but joint replacement may be necessary.

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