The older you get, the greater the odds that you will develop some form of arthritis. However, none of the 100-plus forms of this condition are inevitable. In fact, you can do a number of things to help prevent them from occurring. At Wickshire Senior Living, we’re dedicated to helping you stay healthy and well as long as possible. That’s why we provide a full range of options to assist your prevention efforts.
Preventing Arthritis Through Weight Control and Diet
Your body weight has a significant impact on your arthritis risks. Every extra pound you carry translates into nearly four more pounds of force on your knees. And your hips are placed under an even greater amount of strain. Staying at a healthy weight will help you avoid stressing out your joints. In turn, it will help you decrease your odds of getting arthritis.
The foods you eat can also play a role in your prevention efforts. One big factor is eating foods that help you keep your blood sugar levels under control. That’s true because high blood sugar can stiffen and weaken the tendons that support your joints. You can benefit in another way by eating fish that’s high in substances called omega-3 fatty acids. That includes common types of fish such as:
The omega-3s in these species are known to promote reduced joint inflammation.
Preventing Arthritis Through Activity and Exercise
An active daily routine promotes arthritis prevention in a couple of ways. First, it helps you keep your joints fit and limber. At the same time, it encourages improved strength in the muscles that support your joints.
Fortunately for seniors, some of the best preventive exercises are low-impact. Examples of these exercises include:
- Going for a bicycle ride
Gentle stretching is also important. A regular stretching routine helps you stay limber and flexible. It also helps you maintain your entire range of joint motion. Always consult your doctor before starting new exercises or activities.
Preventing Arthritis by Avoiding Injuries
Injuries are often an important factor in developing arthritis. Any time you injure a joint, that joint becomes more susceptible to future arthritis symptoms. Do what you can to use sound body mechanics when you do such things as climb stairs or lift objects. This focus on proper movement adds another layer to your arthritis prevention efforts.
Like millions of younger and older Americans, you may already be affected by arthritis. If so, it’s important to limit the effects of stiffness, pain, and inflammation. Many of the steps used to prevent arthritis are also useful in managing arthritis. That includes things such as staying active, keeping your weight down, and avoiding injuries.
It’s also important to talk to your doctor. Doctors often recommend some form of physical therapy for arthritis management. The exact kinds of treatment that are most beneficial will depend on your situation. In the vast majority of circumstances, you can set up a plan that supports your management goals.
Prevent and Manage Arthritis at Wickshire Senior Living
Wickshire Senior Living is your ally in the prevention and management of arthritis. Our recreational programs make it easy for you to incorporate activity into your day. And our dining services supply the nutrition you need to support healthy joint function. If you’re already affected by arthritis, our physical therapy options will help you maintain flexibility and joint stability.