Exercise and weight-loss are key to combating crippling arthritis, health watchdog says

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Arthritis patients will be told by the NHS to lose weight and exercise as the main therapies for their condition under new clinical guidelines. Physical activity is a better option for relieving pain caused by osteoarthritis than painkillers such as paracetamol, the health watchdog says. Moving millions of patients with the condition onto an exercise regime could save billions of pounds of NHS cash by slashing the number of prescriptions for stronger painkillers, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) notes. Starting exercise programmes may briefly make the pain worse but this should settle down. More than 10million peopleā€¦