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Osteoarthritis

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Introduction
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting around one million people.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain and stiffness in your joints. You may have difficulty moving the affected joints or doing certain activities.
Causes of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis occurs when there is damage in and around the joints which the body cannot repair. The exact causes are not known but there are several risk factors.
Diagnosing osteoarthritis
See your GP if you think you may have osteoarthritis. There is no definitive test to diagnose the condition so your GP will first ask you about your symptoms.
Treating osteoarthritis
Treatment for osteoarthritis aims to relieve pain, reduce disability and provide support to help you live as active a life as possible.
Preventing osteoarthritis
It is not possible to prevent osteoarthritis altogether. However, you may be able to minimise your risk of developing it by avoiding injury and staying healthy.
Living with osteoarthritis
With the right support, you can lead a healthy, active life with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis doesn’t have to get worse and it doesn’t always lead to disability.
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