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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, with nearly 21 million Americans living with it today. No longer considered just a consequence of aging, researchers now have several candidates when looking for a cause: musculoskeletal defects, genetic defects, obesity, or injury and overuse.

While you may not be able to control a genetic trait or knock knees, there are some definite actions you can take to protect your joints and help prevent OA.
 
 

  1. Watch your weight. It is simple the more you weigh, the more stress you are putting on your joints. This is  especially with your hips, knees, back and feet.
  2. Get exercise. Exercise protects joints by strengthening the muscles around them. Strong muscles keep your joints from rubbing against one another, wearing down cartilage. When you have arthritis moving you joints helps to keep the inflammation down.
  3. Develop good posture. Good posture protects the joints in your neck, back, hips and knees. This is true about both sitting and standing
  4. Use the stronger joints when lifting or carrying, Keeping your back upright and strait uses the joints of the hip and knees instead of the weaker joints of the spine.
  5. Watch out for respective stress. Alternate periods of heavy activity with periods of rest. Repetitive stress on joints for long periods of time can accelerate the wear and tear that causes OA. An example of this is to changes hand frequently while vacuuming.
  6. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you have pain in your joints don't ignore it. Pain is a way of telling you that you have to much stress on a part of your body. Soreness around a  joint is a signal that you are over using that joint.
  7. Move around. Changing positions regularly will decrease the stiffness in your muscles and joints.
  8. Don't over do it why you play.. Don't engage in activities your body for which your body isn't prepared. Start new activities slowly and safely until you know how your body will react to them. This will reduce the chance of injury.
  9. Wear proper safety equipment. Don't leave helmets and wrist pads at home. Make sure you get safety gear that is comfortable and fits appropriately.
  10. Ask for help. Don't try to do a job that is too big for you to handle. Get another pair of hands to help out.

Updated 10-14-2013

 

 

 

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Arthritis can develop as a result of an infection. For example, bacteria that cause gonorrhea or Lyme disease can cause arthritis. Infectious arthritis can cause serious damage, but usually clears up completely with antibiotics. Scleroderma is a systemic disease that involves the skin, but may include problems with blood vessels, joints, and internal organs. Fibromyalgia syndrome is soft-tissue rheumatism that doesn't lead to joint deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million Americans, mostly women. The approximate number of cases in the United States of some common forms of arthritis.

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