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what can i do to not get osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Benjamin S. Frank
Rheumatology 24 years experience
Choose your parents: The reality of osteoarthritis as we understand it today is that genetics is likely the single most important factor in deciding the time of onset, the sites affected, and the severity of disease. That said, taking care of your joints can probably make a difference. Exercise helps maintain strength and range of motion. Get up and move around because, for good or ill, you can't choose your parents!
Dr. Thomas Duffy
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Stay active, healthy: There are a few things you can do. One is to exercise regularly, at least 3-4x's a week. It has been shown to help your joints. Keeping your muscles toned and strong gives your joints the support they need.Two would be to maintain a healthy weight for your height. Third, try to stay away from drinking too much soda. It has been found to lead to joint pains. Unfortunately, it can be genetic.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
NSAIDs: Maybe helpful. Also consider supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin. Exercise muscles around the joint you are worried about to limit wear and tear. Lastly if not improving consider how platelet therapy or stem cells can be helpful for you. Check out Regenexx.Com

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Could you get osteoarthritis at a young age?

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Dr. G Jason Hunt
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Yes: It is possible to get osteoarthritis at a young age.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it rare for a 22 year old to get osteoarthritis?

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Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: It is rare, but it also depends on how we are defining osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a state where the cartilage in the joints have been worn down. If someone has a lot of injuries to the joint, there is more osteoarthritis to be had. The other part is genetic. A patient is predisposed to have osteoarthritis if the parents have osteoarthritis.
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How could i get fit again while I have osteoarthritis?

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It depends: It depends of what joints are involved. Get fit the usual way with low impact aerobic activity and weight training.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How to get a diagnosis for osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Carl Zooberg
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Oa diagnosis: An osteoarthritis diagnosis is gotten from xraying the affected area.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to get a diagnosis for osteoarthritis?

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See details: See a doctor and have x rays done. It is a relatively easy diagnosis to make.

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