Osteoarthritis is generally treated with medications, exercise, activity modification, nutrition, weight loss and supportive devices. Surgery may be helpful when other treatment options are no longer effective.
Exercise is a core treatment for people with osteoarthritis regardless of age, pain, severity, and disability. Exercise will help prevent stiffness, weakness and help you maintain a healthy weight. Without exercise, you will lose muscle strength and range of motion to the affected joint.
Appropriate exercise will not “wear out” a damaged joint faster but will actually help decrease stresses across the joint as the muscles surrounding the joint become stronger.
Thousands of Americans suffer daily from osteoarthritis, and while there are a multitude of drugs available, both over the counter and prescription, simple diet and lifestyle changes can have a huge affect on all arthritic conditions.
The affects of nutritional changes can be slight to extreme particularly if there is a build-up of acids and calcium deposits around the joints.
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