Lifestyle Changes to Manage Osteoarthritis
- Improve your symptoms that result from osteoarthritis
- Slow the progression of osteoarthritis
- Reduce osteoarthritic injury to other joints
When to Contact Your Doctor
- Your symptoms do not improve with the recommended changes
- Your symptoms worsen
- You develop any new symptoms
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -
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