Can Osteoarthritis Be Prevented With Exercise?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the cartilage in joints to break down and wear away, leading to painful bone-on-bone contact. Once believed to be an inevitable outcome of a long and active life, osteoarthritis is now known to be a consequence of a multiple factors. For instance, excess body weight, smoking, poor nutrition and high blood glucose levels can all accelerate the degenerative process that occurs in joints.
While osteoarthritis cannot be completely prevented, it is possible to reduce the risk by adopting healthy lifestyle habits – one of which is exercising regularly. Some people may find this surprising, mainly because exercise has been shown to increase the risk of osteoarthritis in certain instances. Specifically, individuals who frequently participate in high-impact activities, such as running for several hours a week, are believed to be more prone to developing osteoarthritis. On the other hand, it’s important to note that individuals who have very low levels of activity often have early-onset joint degeneration as well.
What is the best way to prevent joint degeneration?
Based on these findings, many experts believe that a moderate level of physical activity is key to preventing osteoarthritis. Before you start a new workout regimen, however, it’s important to consult with a physician who can ensure that the activities you have in mind are appropriate for you (and suggest alternatives if they are not). Here are some activities to consider:
- Range-of-motion exercises, such as arm raises and shoulder rolls, to relieve joint stiffness and increase your flexibility
- Strengthening exercises, such as weight training, to strengthen the muscles that support and protect your joints
- Low-impact aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming and cycling, to control your body weight and lessen the burden on your damaged joints
- Body awareness exercises, such as gentle yoga poses and tai chi, to help prevent falls – and further joint damage – by improving your posture, balance and coordination
If you’re interested in learning more about osteoarthritis prevention or treatment, contact Advanced Orthopaedics of Houston, TX.
To request an appointment, please enter the information on the form on the right and press the “Continue” button to start the appointment request process.
1Professional Building II At North Cypress Medical Center
AOSM Physical Therapy
2North Cypress Professional Building At Lakewood Crossing
AOSM Physical Therapy
3North Cypress Professional Building At Towne Lake
4Advanced Orthopaedics Memorial
What Our Patients Are Saying
My son and husband have both been seen here. The staff is very polite and helpful. Dr. Mohr performed my husband’s back surgery.
Dr. David R. Mack replaced my right hip in June 2009, and my left in October 2010. I am already able to go places and do things on my own again.
So I was going to get on here and brag about what a great surgeon Dr. Cubbage is. But Cubbage is only 3/4 of the picture. He’ll fix you, but Karen is the one that will care for you and heal you!
Dr. Patel is a very good Pain Management Doctor. She is one of my favorite doctors.
For the first time in many years and many knee operations on one leg I am without any knee pain. This is a result of a procedure performed by Dr. Patel.
Everyone here is so professional and kind. Everything was explained to me so that could understand what had to be done.
Advanced Orthopaedics is the absolute best PT I’ve ever gone through. The significance in my hip is just part of it.
Dr. Blalock did surgery on my broken wrist on Tuesday. I liked him a lot as did my husband. Took time to explain everything in detail even though his phone was ringing non-stop.
Dr. Mohr and his staff are very friendly people. They treated my father very well and made him feel comfortable in his uncomfortable situation.
I would highly recommend Dr. Cubbage if you are having any type of spinal issues. I have seen Dr. Cubbage several times over the last 3 years for lumbar pain and numbness in my left leg.