How Can I Make Uncle Arthur Stay Away?

May 19, 2020 – The last two weeks we have learned what arthritis is and what the different types of arthritis are. Now that we know these grim facts a lot of us may be asking one big question. What can we do to prevent an unwanted visit from “Uncle Arthur”?

Some of the risk factors that we associate with the different types of arthritis are not preventable. These include family history, age, and sex. We know that if we have a family history of arthritis and/or are wiser in our years we are more likely to get arthritis. If we are female, we are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis and if we are male then we are more likely to develop gout.

However, some factors can be controlled. First, our weight plays a big role in the development of arthritis. The closer we are to our ideal weight the less stress our joints will endure daily. This will cause the wear and tear on the cartilage in our joints to be at the lowest possible. Previous joint injury also plays a role in the onset of arthritis. If we can protect our joints by being as strong as possible and participating in situations that we can control our chance of having a joint injury is decreased. Unfortunately, things happen and even an ankle sprain can cause arthritis to start to set in.

Osteoarthritis Risk Factors

At Witte Physical Therapy and Witte 24/7 Wellness we have the expertise and the programs to help you manage some of the risk factors that could cause arthritic issues in the future. You can reach out to us to start your therapy or wellness journey and we can develop a plan that is personalized to what you need to reach your goals and lower your risk. Call us in Louisville at 402-234-3333 or Plattsmouth at 402-298-4747 for a free consultation to assess and discuss your questions and options about arthritis issues.

Your Witte Physical Therapy team

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References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350772

https://creakyjoints.org/symptoms/osteoarthritis-causes-risk-factors/

https://creakyjoints.org/education/rheumatoid-arthritis-risk-factors/