Make It a Joint Decision

posted Apr 27, 2010, 6:47 AM by Sara@LS

Nearly 27 million Americans are living with arthritis. Sometimes we think it’s just an end result of aging, but there are other causes including obesity, injury and musculoskeletal and genetic defects.


While controlling your genetics is impossible you can still make good decisions to help protect your joints for the long haul:


  1. Shed those extra pounds – Try to maintain your ideal body weight. Extra pounds put more pressure on your joints.
  2. Move and groove – Regular exercise promotes muscle strength which keeps joints from rubbing against each other.
  3. Slouch no more – Practicing good posture can help put neck, back, hip and knee joints out of harm’s way.
  4. Change it up – Staying in the same position all day causes stiffness. Change your position regularly by taking a five-minute walk or stretch break.
  5. Request back up – It is ok to ask for help if a job is too much for your body to handle.
  6. Start slow – Prepare your body before jumping into a new, strenuous activity. Starting slow will help you decide if the activity works for you.
  7. Safety first! – Wear appropriate safety gear. Make sure it fits comfortably to ensure proper protection.
  8. Tune in – Listen to your body. If you have pain, recognize when and in what part of your body it is happening. Pain following exercise might mean you are experiencing joint stress.



Source: Arthritis Foundation

Apr 27, 2010, 6:48 AM