Arthritis is a common reason that patients come to see us at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics. Learn what causes arthritis and tips to reduce your risk of developing arthritis.
Arthritis may occur for many reasons. Previous injury to a joint or repetitive use of a joint can cause arthritis. Additionally, things like weight, age, genetics, and autoimmune issues can all have an impact on your chances of developing arthritis.
Arthritis isn't always preventable; however, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, or reduce your arthritis from worsening. Try the following orthopedic tips to live a more pain-free lifestyle:
Being overweight can put pressure on the back, knees, and feet. If you are overweight, it is more likely that you will develop arthritis. Talk to a medical professional about developing a weight loss plan.
Daily movement is so healthy for your joints. Focus on low impact movement such as walking, biking, or swimming. Weightlifting and stretching can also be beneficial for joint health.
Inflammation can lead to arthritis pain. Avoid eating too many inflammatory foods like fast food, highly processed food, food high in sugar, and alcohol. In addition, try incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet such as olive oil, nuts, fish, fruit, green leafy vegetables, and more.
If you are an athlete, there is a chance that you will get injured at some point. Often arthritis can develop after an injury. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself from injury as best as you can.
Repetitive movement can lead to injury, which can lead to arthritis. Office jobs can lead to hand and upper extremity pain, neck pain, and back pain.
It is important to have ergonomic equipment when you are working a desk job, or any job to protect your joints.
If you are experiencing joint pain, stiffness, swelling, or redness, it may be a sign that you have arthritis. Seek help from an arthritis specialist near you to determine a proper treatment plan.
At Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, our orthopedic surgeons can help treat foot arthritis, knee arthritis, hand arthritis, hip arthritis, and more! To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic providers, call us or request an appointment online.