If my back is starting to feel a bit stiff – I’ve got osteoarthritis in my spine – I find the best thing I can do is go for a walk.
I take long strides to really stretch everything out around my lower back and hips. It’s better for me than any medication.
I also have early osteoarthritis in my left knee due to a hyper-mobile joint and I've got a great knee support that wraps round and adjusts with strong velcro straps. If my knee's feeling a bit iffy, I wear that and it stops the pain by keeping my knee in the right position.
Cat Priddey, via Facebook
I'm an 88-year-old World War II veteran and was obviously very fit as a young man. My wife and I have been ramblers for many years and in our 70s we could still walk up to 10 miles. Now, of course, we can only do about four or five miles.
I've suffered from lower back pain for many years which is wear and tear rather than injury but I found that a good walk reduces the pain rather than exacerbates it. We've both taken neat cod liver oil every day for 30 years or more, and I believe that has helped our joints. Glucosamine sulphate seems to help me too.
In other words, keep moving and find and swallow the substance that agrees with you provided your doctor OKs it.
Edward Oliver, Ramsgate, Kent
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