Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that can affect your knees, hands, lower back, hips, and more. Find out about prevention, symptoms, and treatment for this incurable condition.

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Best Exercises for Painful Hands

If you have arthritis that affects your hands, tasks like brushing your teeth, buttoning your shirt, and opening a jar may be painful. Hand exercises may help.

By Tim Gower

How Effective Is Total Joint Replacement?

Most people who undergo a total hip or knee replacement are satisfied with the results—but some are disappointed.

By Jane Langille

Vitamin D Won't Ease Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis

Taking vitamin D supplements doesn’t decrease loss of cartilage or pain due to knee osteoarthritis.

By Jane Langille

How to Drive Comfortably—and Safely—With Arthritis

Arthritis symptoms like pain, fatigue, reduced range of motion, and loss of muscle strength can make driving a challenge, but modifications can help.

By HealthAfter50

Joint Pain at Night: What You Need to Know

Joint pain at night and other symptoms of osteoarthritis can disrupt sleep, but simple measures can help you drift off faster and stay asleep longer.

By Tim Gower

What to Know About Joint Replacement

You’ve tried everything else to relieve your joint pain. When is it time to consider surgery?

By HealthAfter50

Exercise Is Essential for Severe Knee Osteoarthritis

Regular exercise can reduce knee pain, stiffness, and pain-related disability from knee osteoarthritis, even if joint degeneration is severe.

By Jane Langille

The Truth About TENS Devices for Joint Pain

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) devices promise relief from joint pain. Here’s what to know before you buy.

By Tim Gower

Is Your Joint Pain Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Joint pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and many people confuse the two. But different processes are at work in each disease.

By HealthAfter50

Is Knee Replacement Safe for Older Adults?

Fears about the procedure and recovery may keep you from having knee surgery. Here’s why you should reconsider.

By HealthAfter50