A group of international osteoarthritis (OA) experts identified 21 key patient messages regarding OA. Here is the first set of messages concerning disease knowledge, taken directly from their article.
- OA is not just a disease of the cartilage but affects your whole joint including muscles and ligaments
- Joint damage on an xray does not indicate how much your OA will affect you
- The symptoms of OA can vary greatly from person to person
- OA is not an inevitable part of getting older
Stay tuned for more messages related to management, physical activity, and more.
French, S., Bennell, K., Nicolson, P., Hodges, P., Dobson, F., & Hinman, R. (2015). What do people with knee or hip osteoarthritis need to know? an international consensus list of essential statements for osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 67(6), 809-816