April 13, 2015

by Joseph Assini, M.D.

You might have heard of osteoarthritis (OA) or know someone who has it — after all, it is the most common joint disorder that affects men and women. OA is a chronic condition that is caused by wear and tear on a joint in the body, oftentimes occurring in the elderly as the body ages and joints deteriorate.

To prevent OA, it’s important to manage your weight and wellbeing. Overweight people will feel the uncomfortable symptoms of OA in their joints, including stiffness, pain and loss of movement. The symptoms develop gradually, so it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body.

Staying active can reduce your likelihood of developing OA. Engaging in low impact exercises is a great way to keep your joints working smoothly. Lifting weights, stretching to improve flexibility, improving your core strength, and strengthening the muscles around your hips and knees are good ways to prevent OA.

Another way to ensure the health of your joints and improve cartilage health is to take glucosamine supplements. Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound in the body, and taking it as a supplement keeps the cartilage in joints healthy and can ease joint pain

If you are experiencing OA symptoms, like activity-related pain, soreness that worsens toward the end of the day or pain that is relieved with an anti-inflammatory, you might have arthritis and should visit your doctor. For more information, or to book an appointment, call 303-789-2663.

Joseph Assini, M.D., specializes in adult hip and knee replacement and joint reconstruction at Orthopedic Physicians of Colorado. His practice focuses mainly on hip and knee replacement and general orthopedic trauma.