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Look After Your Joints

Do you suffer with bad knee joints? Thankfully, a loss of just 11lbs can decrease the development of new knee osteoarthritis and a reasonable weight loss can help to lessen pain and disability. With an early diagnosis and correct management of arthritis, including exercise related activities and watching their diet can help people with arthritis decrease any existing pain, improve daily function, stay productive, and lower present or future health care costs. Key self-management activities include the following, so be sure to try them out for yourself!

Be Active!

Research has shown that physical activity decreases pain and improves function, and delays probable disability. So make sure you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days a week! You can get activity in 10-minute intervals. Information is available to read about the physical activity programs suggested for arthritics (such as Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program and Enhance Fitness)

Watch Your Weight…

The prevalence of arthritis increases with increasing weight – which is fairly understandable. Research suggests that maintaining a healthy weight dramatically reduces the risk of developing arthritis and may decrease disease progression. A loss of just 11lbs can decrease the incidence of new knee osteoarthritis and a modest weight loss (55lbs) can help reduce pain and disability – definitely worth a try, right?

Visit Your Doctor!

Although there is no cure for most types of arthritis, early diagnosis and appropriate management is important, especially for inflammatory types of arthritis. For example, early use of disease-modifying drugs can affect the course of rheumatoid arthritis. If you have symptoms of arthritis, see your doctor and begin appropriate management of your condition. They will always know best!

…And Protect Your Joints

It’s a fact that joint injury can lead to osteoarthritis. People who experience sports or occupational injuries or have jobs with repetitive motions like repeated knee bending are likely to have more osteoarthritis. So in a nutshell, avoid joint injury to reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis.