Though osteoarthritis is not life threatening, the disease can seriously effect quality of life. Pain and immobility are products of osteoarthritis. It is estimated that five percent of those who leave work for medical reasons do so for osteoarthritis. Symptoms can be controlled, though, through exercise, proper diet and caring for the affected joints.
One of the more common questions I am asked is if a patient's arthritis will ever get better. When told that osteoarthritis is causing their pain, some patients get despondent and say something like, "Oh, I was afraid of that. I guess that's just part of getting older. It can't get better, right? I mean, even if we treat the…