Our expert says:
It is rare for women to develop osteoarthritis at this age.
What she needs to do is not overexert the affected joints - it may be worth her while to talk to a physiotherapist about what she can and can't do and what exercises she can do to keep the muscles supple, and to an occupational therapist to help with special equipment to make life easier ( like a raised toilet seat)
Treatment is basically pain relief by using anti-inflammatories. Trials of glucosamine and chondroitin preparations for OA symptoms demonstrated moderate efficacy.
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