Once people have got their joint replacement surgery out of the way, there is a tendency to breathe a sigh of relief and think “that’s that”.
The pain of osteoarthritis can be debilitating. As we age, the cartilage that cushions our joints naturally starts to wear down. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that speeds up cartilage loss, damaging the joint surface and causing the bones to rub together. This creates inflammation and pain.