Along with exercise and weight control, there are other ways to ease the pain around your joints. You might find comfort by applying heat or cold, soaking in a warm bath, or swimming in a heated pool.
In some cases, your provider may suggest surgery when the damage to your joints becomes disabling or when other treatments do not help with pain. Surgeons can repair or replace these joints with artificial ones. Hips and knees are the most commonly replaced joints.
It is so important that you do not simply assume that joint pain and arthritis are to be expected as you age. You and your provider can work together to safely reduce the pain and stiffness that might be troubling you and to prevent more serious damage to your joints.