Coping with osteoarthritis

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), you’re not on your own.

Coping with osteoarthritis

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), you’re not on your own. Nearly two million Australians have diagnosed OA, with the underlying number likely to be much higher.

There is currently no cure for OA, so available treatments mainly focus on helping you to manage and control common symptoms of pain and stiffness in the joints. These treatments may vary depending on which of your joints are affected and the severity of your condition.

You may need to try a number of different strategies before you find the combination that works best for you. The important thing is to try and stay active and positive, which isn’t always easy.

Achieving a balance in diet and physical activity may help reduce the symptoms of OA. If you are carrying a few extra kilos, losing some weight may help lessen the stress on your joints and reduce the pain. But there are a number of other things you can do that may help you to live a little better: 


  • Choose foods rich in omega-3 fats such as cold water fish, including salmon, cod, tuna, and sardines, for at least two or three meals a week – omega-3 fats have been shown to reduce inflammation. 
  • Canola oil is also rich in omega-3 fats so try it in your cooking and salad dressings; alternatively use extra virgin olive oil.
  • Choose to eat more whole grain cereals that are not processed, hard nuts and apples – these foods are rich in silicon, essential for bone and connective tissue development.
  • Try more oats and mussels in your diet. These are rich in proteoglycans, which are responsible for ‘bounce’ in your joints.
  • Sip some apple cider vinegar diluted in water to support healthy digestion.   
  • Certain foods may contribute to OA pain and inflammation. Try avoiding the nightshade vegetables, which include potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes and capsicum. Coffee, alcohol and processed foods can also worsen your pain, so avoid them as much as possible.

Medication and supplements

  • For mild to moderate OA pain, try a more natural approach. Biorevive’s Nagestic Osteo contains the natural anti-inflammatory substance ‘curcumin’ – the major phytochemical found in turmeric, a spice commonly used in Indian cooking. It provides temporary relief from the pain (usually within two hours), helps reduce associated joint stiffness, swelling and inflammation, and is gentle enough to use every day.
  • Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3 fats, or you can try good-quality fish or krill oil supplements.
  • If your diet is deficient in Vitamin C, you may want to consider a supplement along with Vitamin D to help collagen production and to strengthen joint connective tissues.
  • Glucosamine can help normalise cartilage metabolism and in combination with chondroitin, may assist in reducing pain over time.

Physical activity

  • Regular physical activity and exercise is an important component of your treatment strategy. It will help to reduce pain and improve joint flexibility, mobility and muscle strength.
  • It is important to choose those activities that are within your capabilities and that best suit your condition. Lower impact activities could include walking (always wear the best walking shoes possible), dancing, yoga, tai chi and water based exercises.   

These practical tips have been brought to you by Nagestic Osteo. Visit

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    23rd Mar 2015
    I must take issue with your recommendation to use canola oil, it is unstable when heated and the omega 6 fatty acids that are activated will aggravate any inflammatory ailments such as OA. Also, canola oil, which is really rapeseed oil, is almost 100 percent genetically modified. It is a cheap, nasty product that should be avoided.

    You also fail to mention turmeric. The curcumin contained in turmeric is the greatest natural anti inflammatory in existence.
    29th Dec 2016
    Put your glasses on mate, a lot was said about Turmeric!
    23rd Mar 2015
    Canola oil is not good for anyone let alone anybody with osteoarthritis I have a complete diet / recipe book put out by a specialist natruopath who is not paid by big pharma to say about their poisons they say is good for osreo sufferers in fact just the opposite. She even gives you good reasons for doing particular exercises and eating particular foods,
    23rd Mar 2015
    Thanks for that confirmation, I use only cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for salads & coconut oil or macadamia oil for cooking. Good health!
    23rd Mar 2015
    I saw the title and read the article, hoping, just hoping to find a "new" way to coping with o/a. Sadly, it was the written version of an "infomercial". Oh, to be able to dance once more! Get back into Tai Chi, a walk along the soft sands of a beach, walk the dog, climb stairs!!! These are just a few of life's simple pleasures that are lost to me and I daresay thousand's more!!
    It takes a fellow sufferer to understand the severe pain, increasing immobility, the frustration at being unable to do so much that comes automatically to non afflicted people!
    Also, because osteo arthritis is not "visible" as is a broken leg/arm, being confined to a wheelchair, consideration is not given as a matter of course.
    23rd Mar 2015
    My daughter at 13 was dx with this as she had coeliac disease - so if you do have, and have gut related issues, please get the blood test from your dr for coeliac disease. Most people over 60 are now on panadol osteo - I am younger, and on it, as the only drug I can take for pain relief and not for osteo arthritis, but a more severe illness. I was horrified to find the company that make this now have put an additional charge of $1.95 on this drug that goes straight to the company's profits. So I now make sure I ask for the cheaper brand which doesn't have this additional charge. I was disgusted to think how many people would be on this drug, and how much money this company would make out of us, and took a stand. You can too, if you are on it. Just ask for the cheaper brand which is exactly the same....
    24th Mar 2015
    24th Mar 2015
    Well, sadly I have neuromuscular degenerative condition and cannot tolerate pain killers (that's good though, as would rather meditate, use positive thinking and my physio where I look ridiculous given my condition, but eh, who cares). I agree pain killers are the worst drugs out there. One specialist had me on two different types and I was having massive seizures and was on "well over highest recommended dosage". Wasn't till I looked up Australian Therapeutic Goods Website realised other people were having same side asked local gp if I could wean off. Took me a year....but I did it. Now only on cheap panadol osteo and truly don't think they do any good. I fall all the time, and think they are trying to protect bones, plus loss of weight more than half body weight, and continuing due to illness. They put peg in, I said get it out - felt like elephant! No peg for me. What happens, happens, we all have to go one day, and when our number is up, it is up. Don't mean to sound down, but reality proves you can be 4 and in a car accident killed instantly which is so sad, you can be born dead, you can die in your 30's, none of us know what tomorrow will bring, that's what I'm trying to say, and that's how I try to live with my condition. Instead of focusing on what is going to be, I'm here now....breathing....writing to you....that's a bonus! I don't take natural drugs either, I think waste of money and have ill hubby transplant recently with severe comps ending up in ICU, thought was going to lose him, and he is main carer, where as for years I cared for him. I would be in nursing home at 55 if not for him.....he has to have another transplant.....oh well....he is still breathing, home, telling the dog to "go do wee wee" before we hit the sack! Not that I sleep, narcolepsy and no rem sleep......LOL.....Go for you Pate!
    25th Mar 2015
    I would love to know the name of the book mentioned by Pate
    25th Mar 2015
    For ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED THE NATUROPATH I FOLLOW FOR ALL YJE ADVICE IS Vivianne Goldsmith fond easily enough on Google. also The tablets I take are put out by the Healthy Back Institute amls found on Google. I say to look them up on Google as it is far easier than copying & pasting addresses.
    26th Mar 2015
    this link may be helpful to any sufferers out there .....
    Yup I Know
    14th May 2018
    Canola oil has been linked and causative of Dementia

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