Managing Osteoarthritis

Light exercise, losing weight may help

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control predict about 50 percent of all Americans will develop osteoarthritis in their knees before age 85.

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Besides our knees, our hips, ankles, and feet are also susceptible to developing osteoarthritis.

Basically, your larger joints are at risk as you get older, according to Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, a doctor who treats arthritis patients.

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Weight plays an important role on your joints. Excess weight puts additional stress on your joints and cartilage every time we sit, kneel, stand or walk. If you lose just a little bit of weight, it can make a huge difference.

Dr. Husni says non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help ease the pain of osteoarthritis but simple movement and light exercise can help your joints as well.

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