Talk to the doctor about arthritis management, expert advises

Posted on 03 October 2011

People with arthritis should discuss joint pain with their doctor, according to a leading charity for the condition.

Neil Betteridge, chief executive of Arthritis Care, said that while there are no effective treatments for osteoarthritis, things can be done to manage the condition and prevent rapid deterioration.

Doctors can advise sufferers on diet and exercise routines which could improve their condition, meaning it is "really important" arthritis patients do converse with medical professionals.

"Sadly people are quick to go to the garage to get the car fixed but they are not quick to go to their GP to talk about their joint pain so there is a public awareness issue here," underlined Mr Betteridge.

This follows research from Duke University Medical Center which revealed that carrying excess weight may not be the sole cause of osteroarthritis.

Physical activity was found to improve arthritis symptoms among mice, even if they continued to eat a high fat diet and remained obese.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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