The Best and First Treatment for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

hip and knee OAOsteoarthritis (OA) is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 year of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age. It can begin for no obvious reason and the symptoms vary over a number of years. OA effects the joints wherein the cartilage on the ends of the bones degrade and thin. It most commonly affects the knee, hip and hands. People with OA of the hip or knee may experience the following symptoms and difficulties with activities of daily living:

  • Knee pain and/or stiffness with weight-bearing.
  • Crunching or clicking noises in the knee
  • Difficulty walking up stairs or getting up from sitting. 
  • Hip pain located outside the hip or deep in the groin
  • Difficulty getting in and out of the car, putting on socks or picking things up from the floor. 

OA was previously thought of as a “wear and tear” and that the joint was worn out. This led many people to believe they cannot and should not be physically active with OA. THIS IS NOT CORRECT!!! In fact, many studies have shown that cartilage actually needs moderate load through physical activity to regenerate itself. Exercise will make you feel better. 

The current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss (if needed) as first line treatment for OA.

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