A common myth is that arthritis is an old person’s disease and happens naturally with aging.
Research has shown that physical activity decreases pain, improves function, and delays disability. Make sure you get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. You can get activity in 10-minute intervals.
Some types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis can be prevented with weight control and by avoiding certain occupational and sports injuries. Visit the Medline Plus website to learn more about sports related injuries.
Studies have shown that losing just 10 pounds reduces pressure on the knee by 40 pounds, and that losing as few as 11 pounds can reduce a woman’s risk of developing knee osteoarthritis by 50 percent.
See your doctor and ask what you can do to prevent arthritis.