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ARTHRITIC JOINT PROTECTION
Arthritis is 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
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 Osteoarthritis.
- Maintain your ideal
body weight. The
more you weigh, the more stress you are putting on your
joints, especially your hips, knees, back and feet.
- Move your body.
Exercise protects joints by strengthening the muscles around
them. Strong muscles keep your joints from rubbing against one
another, wearing down cartilage. We can help you get started
on an exercise program that works for you.
- Stand up straight.
protects the joints in your neck, back, hips and knees.
- Use the big joints.
When lifting or carrying, use largest and strongest joints and
muscles. This will help you avoid injury and strain on your
- Pace yourself.
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.
- Listen to your body.
If you are in pain, don't ignore it. Pain after activity or
exercise can be an indication that you have overstressed your
- Don't be static.
positions regularly will decrease the stiffness in your
muscles and joints.
- Forget the weekend
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.
- Wear proper safety
leave helmets and wrist pads at home. Make sure you get safety
gear that is comfortable and fits appropriately.
- 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.
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