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5 Tips To Prevent Osteoarthritis in Women

According to studies, there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis or commonly known as joint inflammation. Based on the data, it appears women are at higher risk than men. Women aged 40 and above are more prone to arthritis but signs can show as early as your 20s.

When you have osteoarthritis, bones under the cartilage tend to rub together since the surface layer of the cartilage breaks down and wears away. This is the reason why bones are remodeled and its boney shape changes as the joint loses its motion. By the time you feel the symptoms, it’s no longer than just a disease of the cartilage since the bone has already changed.

Pain is the common symptom that gets your attention. Once you feel it, it’s difficult to reverse. The good news is OA can be managed. Today we’ll look at a few OA management tips.

1. Watch Your Weight. Obesity is one of the most common causes of osteoarthritis in women. As you grow older, metabolism slows, more fats are getting stored especially if you are not physically active. In turn, this is reflected in your joints. Losing weight is one of the few tips to lessen the risk of further joint injuries.

2. Watch What You Eat. Sticking to a healthy diet is imperative in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Losing weight is one of the benefits of doing so – also lessening the risk of potential osteoarthritis in women. Antioxidant and calcium supplements can also boost your bone strength as prescribed by a dietician.

3. Stay Active. Hands down, exercise is still the best treatment for osteoarthritis in women. This doesn’t just help you lose weight; it also boosts your outlook, eases the pain, and improves blood circulation. Just your usual walking for errands and the occasional swimming can go a long way. Though you may want to add a more regular routine for better results.

4. Sleep On It.  Having a good night’s sleep is one of life’s simple pleasures. You’ll have a better outlook overall and can help you feel less pain. When you have trouble sleeping, you may want to talk to your doctor or physical therapist to offer apt sleeping positions. Sometimes you just need a good mattress as well. Taking a warm bath before going to bed is also advisable to relax sore muscles.

5. Take Your Medicine. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or nonprescription painkillers can soothe osteoarthritis in women. But note that it should be taken accordingly. Some creams, rubs, and sprays can also be applied to the skin to help relieve pain in addition to oral painkillers, but use it accordingly as well.

Osteoarthritis in women affects each person differently. Some progress quickly, while others develop symptoms slowly and may be stable for many years.

Osteoarthritis in women may be common but it isn’t the end of the world nor a reason to give up on doing what makes you happy. Visit your primary care physician soon to have a proper check-up or give us a call to discuss prevention and management techniques.

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Hand Arthritis: Early Signs, Pain Relief, And How To Manage

Our hands are the most flexible parts of our body because of the number of joints. They are also primarily made of cartilage. Both qualities allow our hands to bend, twist and turn in almost any direction. However, this also makes our hands vulnerable to osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints. The cartilage that connects the bones has worn out which causes bones to directly rub each other when the hand moves. Osteoarthritis usually occurs in three parts: the base of the thumb, which connects the latter to the wrist joint, the joint of the hand that is closest to the fingertip, and the joint at the middle of the finger.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis: Should You Be Concerned?

Arthritis has been stereotyped with “old age condition”, causing pain, fatigue and weakness in the affected muscles and joints.

There are several types of arthritis. Some can be serious and life-threatening due to their effects on the body. One such type of arthritis is ankylosing spondylitis (AS). This mostly affects the spine, causing it to become inflamed and results in stiffness and pain from the neck down to the buttocks.

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Osteoarthritis – What Makes It Worse?

For many years, it was thought that osteoarthritis flare ups could not be affected by your diet, or exercising.

But science is ever-expanding and our understanding of this unique ailment is deepening by the day.

Recent research shows that inflammatory diseases and the flare ups they entail can in fact be affected – either in a negative or a positive way – through diet and exercise.

This is very good news because it means that those formerly ‘stuck’ with this ailment are no longer constrained and can actually experience relief and alleviation from the pain and suffering of osteoarthritis.

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Ten Actions to Effectively Manage Your Osteoarthritis Pain – Today

Osteoarthritis, a condition characterized by disabling joint pains, impairs millions of individuals across the globe. It is not a big surprise why many resort to whatever they think work for their condition; from medication, to therapy, online cures, to snake venom, yes snake venom!

Today we look at ten effective approaches toward managing your osteoarthritis pain.

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