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How can staying positive help ease osteoarthritis symptoms?

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Your mental outlook can have a big impact on how you feel and how well you function. Every day, try to do something you enjoy. Spend time with friends. Develop hobbies that you can do even with arthritis. Focus on your abilities rather than your disabilities.

SOURCES:

NIAMS, "Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis."

Vincent, H. PM&R, May 2012.

Messier, S. , July 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Magrans-Courtney, T. , 2011. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Chlebowski, R. , January 2011. Maturitas

Black, C. Health Technology Assessment, November 2009.

Wang, Y. , 2007. Arthritis Research & Therapy

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

Gruenwald, J. , September 2009. Advances in Therapy

White, A. , March 2007. Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:

NIAMS, "Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis."

Vincent, H. PM&R, May 2012.

Messier, S. , July 2009. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

Magrans-Courtney, T. , 2011. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

Chlebowski, R. , January 2011. Maturitas

Black, C. Health Technology Assessment, November 2009.

Wang, Y. , 2007. Arthritis Research & Therapy

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

Gruenwald, J. , September 2009. Advances in Therapy

White, A. , March 2007. Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

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