Joint wear and tear.
There are over 140 types of arthritis. The most common is osteo-arthritis.
Osteo-arthritis can occur at any age but usually starts after the age of 40. If joints have been damaged earlier in your life they will be more prone to developing osteo-arthritis There is no cure for osteo-arthritis but there are many ways to help control symptoms and pain.
Regular exercise is essential and a key part of managing most forms of arthritis. Stabilising and supporting the joint for best alignment is also important for helping reduce strain and pain.
For more information visit www.arthritis.org.nz.