Protecting Your Joints

A loss of just 11 pounds can decrease the occurrence of new knee osteoarthritis and a modest weight loss can help reduce pain and disability.

Early diagnosis and appropriate management of arthritis, including self-management activities, can help people with arthritis decrease pain, improve function, stay productive, and lower health care costs. Key self-management activities include the following:

Learn Arthritis Management Strategies—Learning techniques to reduce pain and limitations can be beneficial to people with arthritis. Self-management education, such as the Arthritis Self Management Program, or the Chronic Disease Self Management Program help you develop the skills and confidence to …

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