Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that people have. It mostly affects people as they get older. However, some people develop osteoarthritis after they injure a joint in their body. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the hips, fingers and knees.
It’s important to see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Many prescription drugs can help alleviate pain, stiffness and inflammation. Taking a warm shower, gently stretching, icing the area and rest can also help reduce your pain.
In some situations, surgery may be necessary to eliminate the pain.
To help prevent the damage from arthritis getting worse, federal health authorities recommend the following tips:
- Lose excess weight. Too many pounds can make your hips and knees ache.
- Keep exercising. It’s important to keep your joints moving. Ask your health care provider for exercise guidelines tailored for your condition.
- Make sure to take your medication as directed.
- Take a warm shower in the morning.
- See your doctor regularly.
Sources: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health
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