Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Some people call it degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis. It occurs most frequently in the hands, hips, and knees. With OA, the cartilage within a joint begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change.
Research indicates that exercise is an effective, non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement in patients with osteoarthritis, despite concerns about joint harm and increased pain.