OUCH! Why do my joints hurt?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and affects up to 20% of adult Singaporeans. It typically causes aching in the joints.

Causes of osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis isn’t just caused by ageing but also by factors such as:

  • Excess body weight
  • Muscle laxity
  • Joint malalignment
  • Previous joint injuries

Symptoms of osteoarthritis

Symptoms you may experience include:

  • Pain and swelling in affected joints
  • Joints appearing larger than normal
  • Warm, tender joints
  • Creaking or grating sensations in the affected joint

How to prevent osteoarthritis

To prevent osteoarthritis, follow these simple tips.

  • Tip 1: Avoid joint injuries when exercising by doing warm up exercises and wearing proper footwear.
  • Tip 2: Strengthen your muscles to help support your joints.
  • Tip 3: Maintain a healthy weight to prevent putting additional stress on your joints.