Live better with your osteoarthritis


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative chronic condition, a form of rheumatism that progressively destroys the cartilage that covers the bones of some joints. It leads to a handicap with difficulties to move.


Pain usually reveals osteoarthritis, otherwise, it goes unnoticed.



1. Is osteoarthritis inevitable?

Today, we can slow down the progression of the disease. An early screening will help implement an adequate treatment upon the first signs of the disease: Prevention of risky practices and appropriate medicinal treatments, particularly with new molecules specifically conceived for osteoarthritis.

2. Is it hereditary?

Yes partly, at least for the osteoarthritis of the knee (gonarthrosis), hip (coxarthrosis) and above all the osteoarthritis of the fingers. Thus, women are more at risk to develop osteoarthritis of the hands if their mother or aunt is affected by one.

3. Is sport a risk for the joints?

It depends on its intensity. A moderate sport practice is not responsible in itself for arthritic lesions. However, high level violent or intense sports may cause a harmful overload on the joints: Rugby, football (soccer), downhill ski, combat sport or could in the long run cause osteoarthritis of the knees.

4. What about joint infiltrations?

Intra-articular infiltrations are particularly useful during very painful inflammatory outbreaks. This technique is performed by rheumatologists, functional rehabilitation specialists and orthopaedic surgeons. It ensures long lasting improved effectiveness (corticoids or hyaluronic acid).


Dernière mise à jour le : 03/10/2016