Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease that affects the joints in your body. OA occurs when the cartilage cushioning the joint breaks down, causing pain, swelling, and limited mobility. According to the Arthritis Foundation, OA affects about 27 million Americans and is the most common chronic condition of the joints.
Risk factors for Osteoarthritis (OA) include:
- Genetic predisposition
- Activity Level
While some risk factors for OA are beyond your control, there are a few that you can control. By incorporating positive changes in these key areas, you can mitigate your chances of developing OA.
Low-impact exercise actually stimulates your body to lubricate your joints. And research shows that regular exercise may prevent the onset of OA or slow-down the progression of established disease.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Carrying excessive weight puts address stress and wear-and-tear on your joints. By maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a healthy diet, you are protecting your joints from disease.
Take Your Vitamins
Research has shown that people with low levels of Vitamin D had a much faster progression of existing osteoarthritis. Another study showed that Vitamin C supplementation may prevent the onset of osteoarthritis but showed little help in slowing the progress of the established disease.
As we age, it is essential that we take seriously the care and keeping of our joints. By incorporating regular chiropractic care in your healthy lifestyle, you will be investing not only in your overall health but in the health and longevity of your joints as well. Contact O’Connor Family Wellness Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation.