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Dangers & Relieves of Arthritis

Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans each year and can range from joint and tissue pain to compromised immune systems and internal organs. Arthritis can go undetected for a long period of time before you are diagnosed either from an injury or a test. Osteoarthritis, being the most common one, compromises bone joints and range of motion and mainly affects the elderly population. Luckily, you can take steps towards preventing Arthritis and in cases where you do have a form of the disease, can keep the pain to a minimum. To do this, things like exercise/movement, eating right, testing, medication, routine changes and taking extra precautions can benefit you and steer you in the right direction. 

What is Arthritis and how to prevent it? 

Arthritis is described by the CDC as a general term for joint and/or tissue conditions. These conditions can cause swelling, pain, stiffness and even more serious conditions such as affected immune systems and internal organs. According to the CDC, it is estimated that by 2040, over 70 million Americans will suffer from a form of arthritis. This disease mainly affects people aged 65 and over, however there are cases of people below that age and even some in early childhood. Arthritis also tends to affect more women than men. Preventing arthritis boils down to maintaining a healthy mind and body. Things like exercise, dieting, proper medical treatment and even clothing can have a positive impact on arthritis prevention. 

What causes Arthritis? 


While there is no one main cause for arthritis, there are many risk factors associated with the types of arthritis. For example, while being overweight is not a cause of arthritis, it can certainly increase the chances of you developing arthritis. Genetic and environmental factors may also play a role in arthritis, however those causes are being researched for whether or not they actually do influence the onset of arthritis. For more info on what risk factors there are visit the CDC’s risk factor page. 

The Right Steps at the Right Time

Exercising and Moving Regularly

Overweight and obese people are more likely to develop certain types of arthritis in their lifetime. Managing your weight and moving around daily strengthens your body and lessens the amount of strain on bone joints depending on the exercise.  Hand exercises for arthritis is a good example of strengthening your joints without straining them. This can eventually become a pain reliever for your body and mind. The other major benefit of exercising is that it doesn’t just benefit in preventing/mitigating Arthritis, but also helping fight against other diseases. However, only exercise as much as your body allows and do not overexert yourself for risk of injury.  

Caring for you Body

Joint and bone injuries can increase the likelihood of developing arthritis in knees, back, hands etc… depending on where the injury is. Lifestyle and job/occupation play a role in how much strain your joints take. Protecting your joints while working or exercise will lower the risk of arthritis. If your occupation involves heavy lifting or bending of the knee consistently, wear protective equipment or clothes that can minimize the risk of injury. If doing a daily activity such as walking up and down the steps is too strenuous, consider buying equipment such as a stair lift or vertical platform lift.  Smoking, in addition to other health issues, can cause or worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis. Seek professional aid in taking steps to quit smoking. 

Speaking with your Doctor 

Consult your physician about any symptoms or pains you experience for a reliable diagnosis. In addition to prescribing medication, your doctor may also be able to advise you on certain types of food to eat/avoid to build a healthy body. They may be able to even offer guidance on what lifestyle changes to make. Ultimately your most trusted source for your own well being is your doctor.  

Overcoming Arthritis

If you or  someone you know suffers from arthritis, be sure to take the necessary steps to manage the disease and live a comfortable life. Just because the illness tends to happen later in life is not a reason to be lax about protecting your joints, bones and muscle. If needed undergo a lifestyle management program to better orient your habits and decisions towards a healthier path. Talking to your doctor about available treatments and medication can improve your quality of life. Lastly, thinking positive and having an optimistic view can improve your mood and wellbeing.