Day to Day Management

What to avoid if you suffer from osteoarthritis

  • If you already practise a sport, make sure it is not one that might further harm your joints. You may keep up a sports activity without damage to your joints, provided you use appropriate techniques and equipment.
  • Again, if you practise a sport regularly, avoid modifying your normal exercise routine, as an abrupt change in intensity or duration could harm your joints. Remember to always start and end your exercise routine slowly, to allow your body to gradually warm up and gently wind down. Again, this will avoid any sudden trauma to your joints.
  • Intensive sports can put you at greater risk of cartilage and joint damage, due to repeated impact and frequent injuries. These typically include gymnastics, dance, field and ball games, skiing, horse riding, etc., and should be avoided at any sign of pain, particularly back pain.