Five risk factors for developing arthritis
“Although arthritis cannot be prevented in many cases, there are several things that can be done to help alleviate pain and reduce the severity of the disease,” says Dr. Michael Bushuk, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at the General campus of The Scarborough Hospital.
In this, Arthritis Awareness Month, Dr. Bushuk shares some risk factors for developing arthritis:
- Excess weight puts extra stress on weight-bearing joints like knees, hips and feet. Losing weight can ease pain.
- Although arthritis can affect people of any age, the disease is most commonly found in seniors. A healthy lifestyle can help you age well and reduce your risk of arthritis.
- Injuries to the joints or joint inflammation can lead to arthritis.
- There are several different types of arthritis. The most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There is a heredity factor in some types of arthritis.
- Staying active is key. Pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint are common symptoms of arthritis. By keeping active, one can keep their weight down and improve muscle strength around a joing which reduces the stress on the joint.