According to the Arthritis Foundation, nearly 27 million Americans live with Osteoarthritis today. Find out how you can protect your joints.
While aging used to be considered the main cause of arthritis, researchers now agree the root of the problem involves a combination of factors. Body weight, diet and exercise, as well as posture and everyday activities can significantly impact your joint health. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your joints from damage:
Watch your weight. Your joints, especially the knee and hip joints, are put under excessive stress and strain when an individual is overweight. Try to maintain a body weight within normal limits.
Prioritize diet and exercise. A balanced work-out schedule specifically aimed at strengthening muscles around the joints will prevent injury and pain, as well as spare your joints. Nutrition is equally important. Green leafy vegetables and fruit contain antioxidants that are beneficial to joint protection, while red meats, sugary foods and dairy may contribute to inflammation.
Work right. Think about your posture at work and how many hours a day you spend in that position. If you work at a desk, make sure that your chair, desk and keyboard meet the right ergonomic standards so as not to put more strain on your joints. Try to take five to ten minutes breaks every two hours to stretch your legs and walk around.
Avoid heavy lifting. When lifting heavy objects, be sure to lift with your legs, not your back. When possible, ask for help and avoid putting unnecessary strain on your joints.
The Joint Center of Fort Worth at Plaza offers patients therapeutic and surgical options for joint pain relief. Find out how one patient has learned to live with her arthritis here or visit our blog here to learn more about this common condition. Call 1-855-80PLAZA for a physician referral.