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Everything You Need to Know About Osteoarthritis (OA)

Updated: Jan 9

Knee and joint pain are common symptoms of Osteoarthritis.

Have you ever experienced pain in your knees while walking? Or maybe your joints feel stiff especially after getting up in the morning? These are some common symptoms of Osteoarthritis.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis with more than 300 million cases of Osteoarthritis worldwide involving just the knee or hip alone¹.

Regarded as a chronic degenerative joint disorder due to the wear and tear of joint cartilage and inflammation, Osteoarthritis leads to pain, stiffness and impaired physical movement. Osteoarthritis commonly affects the joints in the hands, hips, spine and knees but any joint can be involved².

The symptoms of Osteoarthritis gradually result in loss of physical function and limit activities of daily living in patients because of pain and stiffness experienced². This unfortunate outcome can lead to lower quality of life.

What Causes Osteoarthritis?

There are multiple risk factors associated with Osteoarthritis such as³:

  • Ageing – Thinning of joint cartilage and reduced hydration

  • Joint injury – Injuries that result in ligament or meniscal tears, or after injuries such as fractures that involve the joint

  • Obesity – Body weight is a common risk factor for Osteoarthritis not only in weight-bearing joints including the knee and hip, but also in the hand

  • Genetics – Rare mutations in collagen types II, IX, or XI, which are structural collagens found in articular cartilage

  • Anatomic factors – Joint shape, particularly of the hip, can influence the development of OA such as ‘bow-legged’ or ‘knocked-knee’ deformities

  • Sex – OA of the hands and knees is more common in women than men

What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Common signs and symptoms of Osteoarthritis include⁴:

  • Joint pain – worse with joint use and relieved by rest

  • Joint swelling and tenderness – inflammation around the joint that is warm and tender to the touch

  • Joint stiffness – reduced range of motion of affected joints most noticeable after extended periods of physical inactivity

  • Joint deformity – bowing of the legs or ‘knock knees’ and crooked fingers

  • Joint instability – ‘giving way’ or buckling in knee Osteoarthritis

Despite myths, physical activity is one of the best ways to manage common symptoms of Osteoarthritis.

Best Treatments & Ways to Manage Osteoarthritis

Physical activity – Clinical trials have shown that muscle strengthening and range of motion exercises have demonstrated significant improvements in osteoarthritis symptoms such as reduction in pain and improvement in physical function².

Lose weight – Since obesity is one of the risk factors for Osteoarthritis, weight loss may be beneficial². Aerobic exercise is important for weight loss, but can be challenging in persons with Osteoarthritis of weight-bearing joints. Swimming, elliptical training, cycling, and upper body exercise may thus help in such cases.

Use assistive devices - Bracing and splinting can help support painful or unstable joints². A cane can help reduce the weight load in persons with hip or knee Osteoarthritis.

Take medicines – There are oral painkillers that you can get from the pharmacy or your doctor. However, painkillers like Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) have side effects which may include gastrointestinal bleeding, renal dysfunction, and elevation of blood pressure². Depending on the severity of your health condition, your doctor may also recommend that you receive injections of steroids into your joint which only provides temporary relief up to 8 weeks².

Take joint supplements – Health supplements such as glucosamine, Indian frankincense and turmeric have been clinically shown to improve symptoms of Osteoarthritis. For example, AFLAPIN in Ginflex®(a patented formula of Indian frankincense) was demonstrated in a clinical study to provide significant improvements in joint pain and stiffness in as early as 7 days⁵.

Surgery - Reserved for patients whose symptoms have not responded to other treatments². The surgical procedures involve replacement of the affected joints with prostheses.


  • Osteoarthritis is a common health problem affecting many and reducing their quality of life.

  • While moderate exercise is widely acknowledged as a valuable method for preventing and managing Osteoarthritis, active individuals seeking additional support could find helpful benefits in joint supplements such as Ginflex®.

  • There are various ways to manage Osteoarthritis depending on its severity. Do consult your healthcare provider for the most suitable therapy for you.


Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational or educational purposes only, and does not substitute professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals. The disclaimer also provides that no warranties are given in relation to the medical information supplied in the article, and that no liability will accrue to Miraco Nutripharm Pte Ltd or any affiliated authors in the event that a user suffers any loss as a result of reliance upon the information.


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