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How is Osteoarthritis Prevented

Osteoarthritis By Vatsal Anand , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Jan 19, 2013
How is Osteoarthritis Prevented

There is no way osteoarthritis can be prevented or averted, however, the progression of the medical condition can be prevented. Proper care and standard treatment procedure helps to minimise risk of osteoarthritis advancement.

Quick Bites
  • Care properly for the joints.
  • Take as much rest as you can.
  • Adopt a good posture at all times.
  • Lose weight if you are obese.

Osteoarthritis is a life-long disease that is progressive in nature. There is no definite way to prevent osteoarthritis, but if you have the disease in the absence of proper care and treatment, it generally gets worse.

Osteoarthritis prevention

Read to know some tips on how to minimize your risk of developing the disease and how to prevent progression of the disease if you have symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Care for your joints

care for the joints

Exercise is important for people with osteoarthritis. You age and level of fitness should not be considered as a contradiction for exercises. Many people believe that exercise may probably worsen the pain and other symptoms. But regular exercises improve muscle strength, joint flexibility, your posture and your general fitness. Doing regular exercises for about 20 to 30 minutes on most days of the week is recommended.  Avoid exercises which strain your joints such as running and weight training. Swimming and cycling, do not strain the joint; your doctor or physiotherapist can advise you regarding the exercises you can do.

Balance rest and activity

resting for osteoarthritis prevention

Take appropriate rest (about eight hours of sleep at night and if needed a nap in the afternoon). Avoid any exercise that causes stress on joint or joint pain which lasts for more than an hour after you finish exercising.

Adopt good posture

adopt good posture for osteoarthritis prevention

Try to maintain good posture at all times like avoid lifting heavy weights, avoid sitting on soft chairs and prefer use of firm mattress for sleeping. Avoid staying in the same position for a long time like if you have a desk job make sure that the chair you sit on is at the correct height, get up and walk every once in a while to stretch your joints.

Lose weight if you are overweight or obese

Lose weight to prevent ostearthritis

Being overweight or obese puts extra stress and strain on your damaged joints which can make the symptoms worse. Joints in the lower limbs, which are the weight bearing joints are particularly affected if you are overweight or obese. If you are overweight/ obese do exercises and dieting to lose weight to reach a healthy weight. You can consult a health professional for exercises and diet advice.

 

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Written by
Vatsal Anand
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamJan 19, 2013

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