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Managing arthritis and reducing symptoms

Did you know that over 4.7 million Canadians aged 50 years and older live with arthritis? Arthritis is a painful problem for many older adults, and the most common form, osteoarthritis, is particularly troublesome. Osteoarthritis pain hinders the ability to move and function well physically, and managing it is an important goal for both patients and doctors.

There are many ways to manage arthritis, reduce symptoms, and improve mobility. Self-management strategies often involve weight management, heat and cold therapies, and therapeutic exercises. Assistive devices, medication and surgery may also be used depending on the type and severity of the arthritis.

Learn about evidence-based approaches for managing your arthritis and reducing symptoms using the resources below and talk to your doctor about what the best treatment options are for you.


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