arthritisDegenerative osteoarthritis is a condition in which the joints “lose” the cartilage that decreases friction between your bones. This condition usually comes with age. Years of intense wear and tear due to daily activities do have an adverse impact on the joints. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide, but there is no cure for it. Although you cannot achieve an “arthritis-free” existence, there are some ways you may be able to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Check out the tips in the gallery below.

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(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Health Check, Good Health section as "Help for Arthritis" in May 2009; adapted for use in Female Network. Photo via sxc.hu)

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