Can Arthritis Be Prevented?

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Can Arthritis Be Prevented?

Arthritis is a broad term that refers to more than 100 different disorders that can affect people of all ages, including children. The most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Our multispecialty team at Allergy A.R.T.S. in Amarillo, Texas, specializes in integrative arthritis care to reduce joint pain, increase mobility, and improve your overall quality of life.

We’re happy to provide more information about arthritis and tips for reducing your risks of joint damage caused by these painful conditions.

Understanding arthritis risk factors

Several factors can contribute to the development of arthritis, including:


The risk of many types of arthritis, including the most common form (osteoarthritis), increases with age.


Some types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, are more common in women. Other types, like gout, are more common in men.


Family history can increase your risk of some types of arthritis.


Injuries, such as those from sports or traumatic accidents, can lead to the development of osteoarthritis.


Bacterial or viral infections trigger some forms of arthritis.

Repetitive motion

Jobs, sports activities, and hobbies involving bending, twisting, lifting, and other repetitive motions can lead to osteoarthritis, often called “wear and tear” arthritis.

Tips for protecting your joints and preventing arthritis

While you can't change some risk factors, like age or genetics, certain strategies might help prevent or delay the onset of arthritis or reduce its severity.

Maintain a healthy weight

Excess weight stresses joints, especially weight bearing joints like your knees, hips, and lower back. Reducing weight can decrease the risk of early degenerative changes leading to arthritis.

Exercise regularly

Physical activity strengthens the muscles around your joints, helping reduce the risk of joint damage. Choose joint-friendly, low-impact activities like swimming, walking, or cycling. It’s essential to include strengthening and flexibility workouts in your exercise routine for maximum joint benefits.

Protect your joints

Wear supportive shoes and use ergonomic tools, knee pads, and other devices that help protect your joints. Avoiding excessive repetitive motion and using appropriate lifting techniques also helps protect your joints.

Eat a balanced diet

A nutritious diet can help decrease inflammation and strengthen bones and muscles. For instance, salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish contain omega-3 fatty acids known for their anti-inflammatory effects. 

Maintaining a healthy diet also helps prevent weight gain, which can increase joint stress and strain.  

Reach out for support

If you begin to notice joint pain, don't ignore it. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage the symptoms, decrease the progression of the disease, and maintain joint function.

For more information about preventing arthritis, schedule a visit at Allergy A.R.T.S. today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.