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What do I need to do if I have arthritis?

How you can make a difference

  • Work with your healthcare provider. Be sure you are an active member of your healthcare team.
  • Follow your treatment plan. Keep track of your symptoms and your medications. Discuss your treatment plan with your healthcare provider when you notice a problem.
  • Manage stress. Handling stress is an important tool for controlling your symptoms.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly. Eat healthy meals. Get enough rest.
  • Find the support you need. You do not have to deal with osteoarthritis alone. Support will make it easier for you to manage your condition.

Even though osteoarthritis is a lifelong condition, it doesn't have to take over your life. You can take many actions to manage it. You can work closely with your healthcare team and practice self-care. Keeping a positive attitude can also help improve your overall health.

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