5 useful information to a better life with osteoarthritis

Dr. Khalil Masri is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Montreal Institute of Specialized Surgery. Over the years, he has acquired extensive expertise in sports medicine, reconstructive surgery and knee arthroplasty.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis or think you may have osteoarthritis, the following information will help you continue to lead an active life.


Make lifestyle changes to improve the condition of your joints and prevent your osteoarthritis from getting worse.

Minimize overloading your joints. Daily exercise will help keep your joints healthy and flexible.

Being overweight is a risk factor for osteoarthritis. By losing weight, you will reduce the load on your joints and consequently reduce the pain and symptoms.

Learn to recognize the pain

The pain associated with osteoarthritis is unique. In the morning the pain will be mild, increase throughout the day and will be at its worst throughout the evening. Sometimes, it can even wake you up at night.


Pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs can be helpful in treating osteoarthritis. Corticosteroid infiltration may also be given.

Clinical studies have shown that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can be used to treat osteoarthritis. Some recent studies of this innovative treatment have been promising regarding inflammation control and tissue regeneration.

Consult your orthopaedic surgeon for a clear diagnosis and a treatment plan adapted to your case.

Be proactive

Avoid unnecessary pain. There are treatment options for osteoarthritis. By acting quickly, you can regain your mobility and reduce the risk of worsening your condition.

On a daily basis

Reduce your fatigue by getting a good night’s sleep. Find ways to manage stress and remember to exercise. Choose a physical activity that is gentle on your joints, such as low-impact aerobics, cycling or water gymnastics.

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