Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that lines the end of bones inside joints, wears away and leads to friction, pain and stiffness.
Surgery should be considered only as a last resort as it comes with risks. Anti-inflammatory pain killers can help but can also irritate the stomach and stronger pain killers are not recommended for long term use.
Given the limited options many people turn to herbal remedies and the cooking spice ‘turmeric’ contains a compound called ‘curcumin’ that studies have shown to be beneficial to those who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. Turmeric supplements can cause nausea and diarrhoea however and should not be taken during pregnancy or by people with certain health conditions, including those who are on blood thinning medication.
It is easy to buy into miracle cures for joint pain but most, i.e. wearing copper or magnets, have not been shown to be effective for easing symptoms.
There is no cure but keeping active and maintaining a healthy weight will help to reduce symptoms.