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How can you reduce your chances of getting arthritis and strengthen your joints?

How can you reduce your chances of getting arthritis and strengthen your joints?

Great question...: The most common cause of arthritis is a genetic predisposition. Trauma can also play a role. There is also limited evidence that vitamin d may delay onset of arthritis. If you are genetically programmed to develop arthritis there may not be anything to prevent it. Stay active, stay limber and get your vitamin d above 50. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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I get painful joints in my foot just by walking. How do I fix this?

I get painful joints in my foot just by walking. How do I fix this?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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If you are double jointed are you more likely to get arthritis?

If you are double jointed are you  more likely to get arthritis?

Joint Hypermobility: Dear Antri, I think what you are referring to with the term "double joints" is hypermobility, or hyperflexibility. Hypermobility means that you can move some or all of your joints more than most people can - Joint injury is more common in shoulders and knees and can lead to early or premature arthritis. But keeping strong with sensible exercise is to be encouraged. All the best! ...Read more

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Can you get RA arthritis if double jointed?

Can you get RA arthritis if double jointed?

See below: To set things straight there is no such thing as being "double jointed". This usually refers to people who are very flexible. These people can stretch the ligaments which support the joints and develop osteoarthritis but there is no connection between loose joints and rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks its own joints. ...Read more

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What are good food choices to reduce arthiritis pain in joints?

What are good food choices to reduce arthiritis pain in joints?

Anti-inflam foods: There is a lot of reseach (and marketing) of medicinal foods.Most famous = omega3 fatty acids (oils) and green tea.Om3 are only anti-inflam from fish. The plant om3s, like flax, do not get converted in our bodies to anti-inflam chemicals. Dose is about 1500 mg/day.Check the label and add up epa+dha. ...Read more

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I have started to get intermitant pain in a hip joint at 53; is it athritis; what natural remedies are there?

I have started to get intermitant pain in a hip joint at 53; is it athritis; what natural remedies are there?

Not Necesarily: See a physician to help make a diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment. There are many causes of hip pain. ...Read more

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I am having trouble getting up in the morning. My body just doesn't want to move. Very painful joints. Seems like all of them. What could it be?

I am having trouble getting up in the morning. My body just doesn't want to move. Very painful joints. Seems like all of them. What could it be?

Very non-specific: Your symptoms are very non-specific. They could be from overall fatigue, a systemic illness, an arthritic condition, or something not physical. If they persist, you should probably see a doctor, be examined, have bloodwork, etc. ...Read more

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Are there ways to help ease the symptoms of painful joints?

Are there ways to help ease the symptoms of painful joints?

See below: The best ways to ease the painful joints in my opinion are to try to get them moving again. For someone with a lot of pain and restricted motion, this might involve working first in a heated pool with a physical therapist. Local heat can also ease pain, use of various arthritis medications can also help as long as there are no medical reasons not to use them. Your doctor would help with that. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

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