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Joint pain is common, but you shouldn’t have to “just live” with pain as you get older. There are many ways to reduce joint pain so you can stay active your entire life.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older people. OA symptoms vary by the individual. For most people, OA can get worse over time if you don’t address the pain and symptoms now.

Osteoarthritis mostly affects cartilage. The surface layer of cartilage breaks and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, these changes can affect the bones, tendons, and other joint issues.

There is no cure for arthritis, but joint pain and OA symptoms can be managed through treatment, lifestyle changes, and education.

Explore these pages to learn how you can get on a path to less joint pain.