Osteoarthritis is a painful degenerative condition that can affect the knee joints. In its early stages, the symptoms may be mild and can normally be managed without surgery. However, as the condition develops, symptoms worsen and more invasive treatment options may become necessary, including surgery.
To mark Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness week, we are looking at this painful condition and how it can affect the knee joint, as well as other parts of the body.
The answer to this is a great big emphatic YES. Arthritis is a painful and debilitating condition and the temptation may be to avoid exercising as it can exacerbate the pain. However, regular, moderate exercise has been shown to help prevent the progression of the disease and it can also improve mobility and alleviate stiffness.
Around 8.75 million people in the UK are being treated for osteoarthritis, at a cost to the health service of around £5.2 billion. One in five people over the age of 45 has osteoarthritis of the knee and 68% of people with osteoarthritis say they experience depression when the pain is at its worst.
It’s nearly that time again when thousands of runners, old and young, professional and amateur, experienced and novice, take to the streets of the capital for the annual London Marathon.
Osteoarthritis affects more than eight million people in the UK. It is the most common form of joint disease, causing debilitating pain, stiffness and mobility problems.