As well as being a pain, arthritis can be unpredictable. One week you could be dandy, and the next you won't want to get out of bed. There's one effective treatment you may be best doing.
First, the charity Versus Arthritis explained how arthritis affects a joint.
A joint is where two or more bones meets, such as in the knees, which is surrounded by a strong capsule that holds the join in place.
Inside the capsule are ligaments (think of strong elastic bands) that provide additional support to keep the joint in the correct position.
Moreover, the capsule is filled with thick fluid to help lubricate the joints.
The ends of the bones within a joint are lined with cartilage – a smooth, but tough layer of tissue.
The cartilage enables the bones to glide over one another as you move, such as bending your knees to sit or stand up.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, when the cartilage begins to roughen.
Low-impact exercise is usually best for people suffering from any form of arthritis.
Examples of low-impact exercises that'll be beneficial include swimming, cycling, brisk walking, yoga, T'ai Chi and pilates.
The key is to start exercising gently and gradually increase the amount you do.
Other pain relief can be achieved by taking painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.