best osteoarthritis apps

We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, user reviews, frequent updates, and overall impact in helping people who have osteoarthritis and osteoarthritis of the knee. If you’d like to suggest an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that occurs when the cartilage in your joints wears down and either becomes rough or wears away completely. It affects millions around the world, causing pain and stiffness. It occurs most often in the knees, hips, hands, and spine, although it can affect any joint. It is also most common in women, although doctors are not sure why.

When osteoarthritis affects the knees, severe pain can result because the worn-down cartilage isn’t able to stop the bones from rubbing against each other. Common treatments include physical activity and weight management. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor might prescribe medications, or in an extreme event, recommend replacement surgery.

If you want to reduce pain, improve flexibility, or prepare for a total knee replacement, an app on your smartphone can help.

Knee & Hip Replacement Patient Forum

iPhone rating:
5 stars Free

If you have had or are preparing to have a knee or hip replacement, you will enjoy the support of this forum. Learn what to expect before your replacement, and what to expect during your recovery. This community allows you to ask questions and to give answers. Hearing from others that have gone through replacement can help give you piece of mind. They can also help you know when something is to be expected or when you might need a call to the doctor. And after your recovery, you will be able to lend support to others just beginning the journey.

Knee Buddy

Android rating:
4.5 stars Free

Knee Buddy is designed specifically for osteoarthritis of the knee. It provides information on prevention as well as treatment. With treatment and flexion tracking, it is a great tool to share information with your doctor. Its library of exercises gives you photos and detailed explanations of each exercise that you can take with you anywhere. It also gives you information for pre- and post-op, which will allow you to make the best possible recovery.

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Knee Gym

iPhone rating:
3 stars Free

Designed by a certified physical therapist, Knee Gym is brimming with exercises for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. The exercises are divided into levels base on intensity and pain, including ones targeting flexibility, cardio, strength, and balance. The easy-to-follow instructions and videos with timers ensure that you are doing the exercise properly to achieve your goals. After reaching specific goals you will receive a “trophy” as encouragement to keep going.

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage

iPhone no rating yet
Free

Developed for medical professionals, this app is a mobile version of the official journal of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Highlight sections, take notes, and email information to others. You will also be sent alerts of any new information or research on osteoarthritis as well as up-to-date press information.

Osteoarthritis Information

Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

If you need information about osteoarthritis, this app brings it to your mobile device. With an uncluttered format, you can learn about the different types of osteoarthritis and more. Help prevent it by learning the risks and causes, and know when to see a doctor by learning the signs and symptoms. If you have osteoarthritis, you can learn about tests and treatments, as well as lifestyle and home remedies for your symptoms. It is updated regularly with new information and does not require an internet connection.

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Track + React

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

Everyone with osteoarthritis is slightly different and it is important to determine what activities help or hurt you specifically. With this app, you are able to track your daily activities and your pain or stiffness. You will be able to keep a record of your nutrition, sleep, and mood to find out how each little thing can change your pain level from day to day. The ability to set goals will encourage you to stay on track and keep your pain and stiffness well-managed.

Yoga for Reducing Knee Pain

Android rating:
4 stars Free

Sometimes osteoarthritis can cause your knees to be too painful for physical activity. However, some yoga poses can be the perfect solution. The poses in this app are designed to make your knees stronger and more flexible, without adding extra pressure that can cause you pain. You can choose exercises that prevent pain, stop pain, and help with recovery from surgery or injuries. With all the choices this app offers, you will be able to find a gentle activity to relieve your pain and strengthen your knee for more activity later.