Lifestyle Changes to Manage Osteoarthritis
Reach or Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Improve symptoms caused by OA
- Slow the progression of OA
- Reduce OA injury in other joints
Returning to Everyday Life
Monitor Yourself for Depression
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- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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