Harvard Women's Health Watch
Smart joint strategies for keeping you moving well
Understanding risk and modifying your activities can cushion your joints from damage. Joints are a little bit like couch cushions. Over time, the padding between your bones, called cartilage, gets worn out and flattens down — a condition known as osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, dealing with worn joints is not as simple as fixing or replacing a couch. And whether your joints wear out may not be entirely in your control.