We all get aches and pains from time to time, but joint pain can be a sign of osteoarthritis. If you’re feeling any pain, stiffness or swelling in the joints, it’s important to get it checked out by your GP. It can be distressing and frustrating to experience these kinds of symptoms, but getting a diagnosis will mean you can get treatment and help to manage the condition if you have it.

There are lots of reasons why someone might develop osteoarthritis, including age, genetics, weight, gender and whether you’ve injured or overused your joints in the past. In fact, it’s the most common form of arthritis in the UK, affecting over 8.5 million people. Any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, but the most common ones are the hip and knee joints, finger and thumb joints, and lower spine.

Doctors can usually make a diagnosis based on your symptoms and an examination of the affected joint. Sometimes a blood test is used to rule out other problems, and x-rays can help the doctor get a better idea of the extent of damage in the joint. Dr Chris Jenner at JointPainInjections.com will always confirm a diagnosis with a recent MRI scan, so you can be assured that you’re getting the right treatment for you.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the good news is that there are things you can do to manage the condition and live a full and active life. It’s a common misconception that osteoarthritis just a part of getting older and that you have to put up with pain.

Your doctor may recommend regular exercise, a healthy diet, various therapies, and treatments such as Viscosupplements. These are injections that replace damaged joint fluid with a substance called hyaluronic acid to give you improved mobility and pain relief for up to a year.

With the right treatment and support, you can get on and do the things you love with the people you care about.