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    1. Dealing With Osteoarthritis? Try WebMD's Joint-Friendly Walking Program

      The hardest part of starting an exercise program is, well ... getting started. This can be an especially daunting task if you have osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of arthritis that causes joint pain and loss of function for 27 million Americans. But "the more you move, the better you wil

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    2. Could Losing Weight Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

      For 12 years, Robin Lutchansky spent most of her time in a wheelchair. The pain from her severe osteoarthritis, first diagnosed in her early 30s, made it difficult to walk more than short distances. Then, a little over three years ago, Lutchansky found her way to a pain management clinic that taught

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    3. Keep Your Joints Healthy Every Day

      Living with osteoarthritis is a long-term proposition. It’s your job to stay active and keep your joints healthy so that you can do the things you want and need to do, as independently as you can, for as long as you can. “There’s nothing that I as a physician can do to slow the progression of osteoa

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    4. Arthritis Pain, Intimacy, and Sex

      If you have arthritis, there are plenty of reasons why you might not feel like having sex. Painful or stiff joints and limited mobility may make sex seem more like a chore than a pleasure. You may feel self conscious about changes in your body. Or you may simply feel too fatigued at the end of the d

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    5. Knee and Hip Exercises for Osteoarthritis

      The old slogan, “Move it or lose it,” applies especially to people with osteoarthritis. “Just like for anyone else, physical activity is important for overall health,” says Steffany Haaz, PhD, a health behaviorist at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. “But it’s even more important for people with a

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    6. Staying Active With Osteoarthritis

      If your doctor tells you that you have osteoarthritis (OA), you might assume your days of indoor cycling classes and lifting weights are over. With joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your future, it's hard to imagine pumping iron at the gym -- much less peeling your achy body off the couch to dr

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    7. OA: Treatment Overview

      Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, affects one in two Americans during the course of their lifetime. Marked by pain, swelling, and reduced motion in the joints, OA typically strikes the hands, knees, hips or spine -- but any joint is at risk. Does this mean you are a sitting duck?

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    8. Better Sleep with Osteoarthritis

      It’s a vicious cycle. Your osteoarthritis pain keeps you up all night as you struggle to find a comfortable position, and the lack of sleep makes your pain worse the next day and so on and so forth. If you are one of the 27 million people with OA, it can be hard to sleep soundly, but there are 10 tr

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    9. For Women: OA Risk Factors and Coping Tips

      You used to climb stairs, lift toddlers, and work in the garden with ease. Now osteoarthritis makes these activities difficult and painful for you. You're not alone. Nearly 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis. And about 16 million of them are women. If you are a woman with osteoarthritis, don't

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    10. 6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees

      Whether you're a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior, or totally laid-back when it comes to exercise, knowing how to protect your knees from damage can mean the difference between a fulfilling lifestyle and longterm, strained mobility. Cruising on the track in the heat of a roller derby match, 27-ye

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