Health Tip: Protect Your Joints
And help prevent osteoarthritis
(HealthDay News) - Osteoarthritis, a disease of the joints, can be triggered by injury and overuse, by obesity, and by musculoskeletal problems.
Here are ways to help protect your joints, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation:
- As excess weight can cause stress and excess wear and tear on joints, keep your body at a healthy weight.
- Get regular exercise to strengthen muscles that surround and protect the joints.
- Practice good posture.
- Be careful when lifting or carrying heavy objects.
- Don't ignore pain. When something starts to hurt, stop activity or exercise to prevent strain or injury.
- Don't stay in one position for too long. Try to move the body's joints and muscles regularly.
- Always wear protective equipment, including helmets and wrist pads, when appropriate.
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