Don’t Let Arthritis Stop You
What’s keeping you from getting in shape or enjoying an active lifestyle this spring? If you answered: osteoarthritis, you’re one of about 27 million Americans who suffer from this joint condition. Osteoarthritis is more than simple wear and tear in your hands, knees, hips, and other joints. It’s a complex condition that affects the entire joint: bone, cartilage, ligaments, and the lining of the joint itself.
Being overweight is a strong risk factor for osteoarthritis and have osteoarthritis tends to lead to inactivity, which leads to weight gain. This vicious circle can be broken with a serious program of good nutrition and effective exercise. According to the American Academy of Rheumatology, every 10 pounds of weight you lose and keep off for 10 years, can reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis by 50%. Exercise can also reduce the stiffness and pain of arthritis and build muscle strength to help keep joints strong and flexible. An added bonus of muscle strength is a reduction in fall risk as you age.
While arthritis can’t be cured, effective treatments are available that range from pain-relieving medications to joint injections with hyaluronic acid. If you are already suffering from osteoarthritis, get help from our board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Steven Rosner at 201-666-3900.