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One of the vital roles of a physician is to be a patient motivator. We can do this by proper explanation of possible bumps when dealing with illnesses, especially the degenerative ones. This empowers the patient to go on with daily activities and stay re-assured that common symptoms are part and parcel of the disease. An example for my field would be stressing that physical activity is actually beneficial for patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I explain that moving can actually help the synovial fluid circulate and facilitate nutrient absorption. What are some examples of advice that you give to patients concerning their disorder?