How can I slow the progression of arthritis?

Juan P. Villablanca, MD
Neuroradiology
There are some things you can do to help slow the progression of arthritis. First, manage your weight as best you can and avoid excessive weight. You should also do a reasonable amount of exercise as your doctor tells you. The muscles support the skeleton, and if the muscles are healthy and toned they will keep the skeleton healthier. That does not mean you should start lifting heavy weights or do things that aren’t reasonable, because that can make your arthritis symptoms worse. What you want to do is keep your muscles healthy and toned through a monitored regimen of exercise. A doctor, physical therapist or professional who is knowledgeable about exercise can suggest some good exercises for your age and ability.
One way to reduce the progression of arthritis is to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a significant risk factor for a type of arthritis called osteoarthritis. Any person who is carrying excess pounds will see many long-term benefits by keeping a healthy weight. Even small changes in the right direction can have lasting effects for joint health, among other things.
 Wade Kenney
Orthopedic Surgery
An average of 20% of adults have arthritis. In this video, Wade Kenney, MD, explains methods to prevent or slow the progression of the condition. Eating right, weight control, and avoiding repetitive motion are all key ways to accomplish this.

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