There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the most common is called osteoarthritis. It is a degenerative joint condition, and can range in pain severity. It typically starts with the breakdown of the flexible joint tissue known as cartilage and can lead to stiff and immobile joints.Osteoarthritis becomes more common with age. Most frequently, osteoarthritis affects the knees, hips, spine and hands.
Try resistance training to build stronger muscles, which help to protect and support joints affected by arthritis.
Consuming healthy diet with a variety of nutrients may help with weight management, which is important in osteoarthritis.
Maintain a healthy weight. This can help to relieve joint pain and prevent the development or worsening of osteoarthritis.
Arthritis means ‘inflammation of a joint’. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and the most common type is called osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis starts with the breakdown – or degeneration – of the joints between the body’s bones. This flexible tissue, also known as cartilage, provides a cushion where bones come together and prevents them from rubbing against one another when we move. Cartilage, just like any other shock absorber, can start to wear down with age and joint use. And as it does, the protective cushion between the body’s bones decreases.
Age is a factor for osteoarthritis. People usually develop osteoarthritis from their late 40s through to old age.
Osteoarthritis is more common and severe in women, especially in the knees and hands.
Preventing osteoarthritis is not always possible because many factors contribute to its development: