Is Arthritis Preventable?

Depending on your lifestyle and family history, arthritis may affect you at some point in your life – just one of the benefits of getting older! Because arthritis symptoms can limit your ability to participate in some of your favorite physical activities, it’s important to learn and practice preventive measures now, even when you’re still relatively young. Scientists are still figuring out the causes behind arthritis pain, but we do know that environmental factors can be a trigger as well as genetic ones.

Dr. David Wu, a pain management specialist at CurePain with clinics in Torrance and Segundo, California, can evaluate you and help you learn more about how to avoid suffering from arthritis pain later in life.

Get physical

Perhaps the most important preventive measure you can take to avoid arthritis pain is to be physically active. There is no shortage of activities from which to choose from to create an active lifestyle: walking, jogging, riding a bike, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, and hiking are just a few of them.

Practice safe sports

You can avoid sports injuries that may lead to an increased risk of arthritis down the road by using proper equipment, understanding your body’s natural limits, and incorporating periods of rest into your routine – also known as “active recovery.”

Take your medicine

For patients already experiencing joint pain, you can better manage your symptoms with anti-inflammatory medications. Steroid injections and cortisone shots may be recommended for joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Try therapy

Arthritis and other joint pains can be managed with physical therapy to reduce inflammation. Physical therapy also helps to improve strength, range of motion, as well as overall joint stability and function.

Retain optimum physical health

You can improve your body’s overall protection mechanisms by avoiding known unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive drinking as well as by maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar. Certain types of fish, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are known to reduce body inflammation, have been shown to prevent arthritis. Women, in particular, who regularly eat salmon, trout, and sardines may reduce their risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study by Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Learn more about preventing arthritis

If you are experiencing arthritis symptoms or want to learn more about preventing arthritis later in life, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wu. You can book an appointment online or by calling one of our two locations. For the Torrance location, call 424-235-6565. For the Segundo location, call 310-846-0181.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Best Ways to Manage Your Joint Pain

Have you been feeling pain in your knees or hips that makes walking difficult? Is your shoulder giving you grief? Learn how a pain management specialist can help you get back out there to enjoy life.

Why Physical Therapy Plays Such an Important Role in Recovery

Physical therapy is a standard part of treatment after surgery and certain injuries, yet patients sometimes give it a low priority during their recovery periods. Its ability to reduce pain and speed recovery makes physical therapy an important treatment to