The power of words in health (Part 3) — 5 tips to shift the way you talk about osteoarthritis

Lauren Finestone

Five suggestions for how clinicians can shift the conversation from an ‘impairment’ to a ‘participatory-based’ approach to osteoarthritis.

Part 1 of this series highlighted the dominant ‘impairment’ way we talk about osteoarthritis: conversations that frame it as a cartilage disease that’s worsened by physical activity and can only be ‘cured’ by replacing the joint.  Part 2 covered another, ‘participatory-based’ approach that counters common misconceptions about osteoarthritis. It links regular physical activity and healthy lifestyles ...

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