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  • Osteoarthritis is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and it can be effectively managed. 
  • Your active participation in care is essential to achieving improved outcomes.
  • Younger people may also develop osteoarthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease often associated with joint pain and stiffness, reduced mobility and reduced quality of life. 
  • Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body.
  • Osteoarthritis should be diagnosed by a health professional. 
  • In many cases, imaging (such as x-ray) is not required to make a diagnosis of osteoarthritis.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not necessary for the management or diagnosis of osteoarthritis.
  • A better understanding of the disease and how you can actively manage it can improve your outcomes and quality of life.
  • Core components of care include weight and nutritional management, exercise and education. 
  • Arthroscopy for knee osteoarthritis is not recommended. 

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Reviewed on: 21-08-2019