What Else Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Osteoarthritis?

Strengthening Muscles
Osteoarthritis research has shown that people with weak quadriceps (thigh muscles) are at an increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. This may be due to the fact that the quadriceps act as shock absorbers and stabilize the knees. The stronger the thigh muscles, the more shock and stress they are able to keep off the knees. This is why strengthening these muscles decreases the chances of developing this condition.
 
Preventing Joint Injuries
People who suffer injuries to the knee or hip joints are at an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis. The earlier in one's life the injury occurred, the greater this risk appears to be.
 
Taking a practical approach to joint protection can help keep joints from getting injured. Some suggestions for protecting your joints include:
 
  • Using proper equipment and protective gear
  • Cross training, or varying your activities
  • Taking a break if something hurts
  • Getting prompt care for injuries so that they heal properly.
 

Final Thoughts

Because of advances in medicine and technology, people with osteoarthritis are living longer, more productive lives than ever before. But prevention is still the best weapon in the fight against osteoarthritis.
 
As with anything in life, there are no guarantees with regard to preventing this type of arthritis. You can do all the right things and still develop osteoarthritis, because there are so many factors involved. The best advice to follow when trying to protect your joints is to get moving, eat a healthy diet, and prevent injury. This advice applies both to people who are already healthy and to people who are at high risk of developing osteoarthritis.
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