Caring for someone with osteoarthritis requires patience and the knowledge of the individual's limits. Those affected with the disorder may not function at the same level they once did. It is important to realize that osteoarthritis can make people more susceptible to fatigue and weakness in the muscles. Treating the symptoms promptly and consistently as well as maintaining a level of relaxation has been shown to positively impact pain and fatigue. The person should be encouraged to engage in physical activity, though, as fitness can be a big help in dealing with the disorder. Also, make sure they take any medications exactly as prescribed.