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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. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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

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

Preventing Arthritis: We know that joint trauma, aging, obesity are factors that promote the osteoarthritic form of arthritis, sometimes as early as the thirties. Protecting your joints by choosing healthier exercises patterns when younger, continuing to exercise with your joints mildly (proven to help), keeping your weight down to normal, all help. ...Read more

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How do you reduce your chances of getting arthritis?

How do you reduce your chances of getting arthritis?

Stay healthy & light: Many uncontrollable factors can contribute to developing osteoarthritis such as genetics, family history, trauma and injury. However many things can be controlled and prevented. The best things to do are to stay in excellent shape, stay thin, and have a good diet. Mix weight bearing and non-weightbearing (swimming, biking) activities rather than continuously pounding on the joints on hard pavement. ...Read more

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Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the bones of your hand?

Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the bones of your hand?

In the joints: Arthritis of any time is condition of the joints- "arth"=joint, "itis"=inflammation. So technically it isn't the bones that get it, but rather the cartilage on the surfaces that meet at the joint. The hand is just as vulnerable as any joint- and hand arthritis is common. Osteoarthritis usually refers to wearing out of the cartilage as opposed to inflammatory where the body attacks its own tissues. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some good exercises to strengthen the wrists whilst minimising the risk of injury until they get stronger?

Please tell me what are some good exercises to strengthen the wrists whilst minimising the risk of injury until they get stronger?

Use dumbbells: And high repetitions with light weight to start. Do it from a sitting position with your forearms in your thighs so you work only the forearm muscle groups. Do it both directions with the hands facing down and up ...Read more

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Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the back of your hand?

Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the back of your hand?

Maybe: Osteoarthritis occurs in the joints. One can get osteoarthrtis in the joints of the wrist or in the knuckles of the fingers. Common also in the base of the thumb, particularly in women. ...Read more

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What are some exercises to strengthen your ankle and reduce the risk of injury?

What are some exercises to strengthen your ankle and reduce the risk of injury?

ABC's: Pretend your big toe is your pencil point. Sit in chair without letting your foot touch. Now "write" your abc's- small or caps. While brushing your teeth balance on one foot for 1-1/2 min (spit), balance on other foot for 1-1/2 min. When this gets easy, close your eyes. Do these 2x a day. It helps range of motion and propioception ( balance). ...Read more

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Can you improve the flexibility of your foot?

Can you improve the flexibility of your foot?

Yes: If your foot is recovering from an injury it is best to work with a physical therapist for a proper stretching and strengthening program for your foot. ...Read more

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What are things you can do to improve your chance of getting into med school?

Yes: Study, work for the mcat, have a great resume, and work on interview skills. First of all, be sure, you want to, do it. It is long and hard! but incredibly rewarding to care for patients. ...Read more

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How can you reduce your risk of folliculitis?

How can you reduce your risk of folliculitis?

Depends.: If folliculitis is at beard area, it is your job to keep this area clean, particularly after shave. But sometimes, it's the hair curved back into skin causing "pseudofolliculitis" ( it is irritation, not true infection). If folliculits appears on chest or back, may be the hot/sweating environment contributes it. Avoid that. Or watch your personal hygiene. ...Read more

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How can you protect your eyes from weakness and stress?

How can you protect your eyes from weakness and stress?

Glasses or contacts: If needed, glasses or contacts to correct any myopia or hyperopia will help relieve eye stress. Also artificial tear use if dry will help as well. ...Read more

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What's the best supplement/medication/tablets etc to help and prevent arthritis in the hip (previously had perthes disease). I appreciate your help.

What's the best supplement/medication/tablets etc to help and prevent arthritis in the hip (previously had perthes disease). I appreciate your help.

Perthes Disease: For cartilage health for your hip i would recommend glucosamine supplementation. Also for quality of production i would recommend that you use the brand names osteobiflex or cosamin ds. In a double blinded study in the late 1990's on usn seals with know arthritis that used glucosomine supplementation 50% on study members became pain free within 2 months on the glucosamin. ...Read more

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Need solutions on how to lessen the impact of exercising on my joints?

Need solutions on how to lessen the impact of exercising on my joints?

Three things!: Lose as much body fat as possible. Wear good shock absorbing footwear. Avoid high impact sports-concussive ones! ...Read more

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Are there any finger exercises or something that will help reduce the pain and hopefully help my joints?

Yes: You don't say what is causing your hand pain. However many types of hand problems can be helped by seeing a certified hand therapist. They are specially trained therapists who can instruct you in strengthenig exercises as well as helping you modify daily activities to minimize stress on your hands. ...Read more

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How can I get in shape if I have sore muscles from pyriformis syndrome? Can you suggest types of exercises to build up fitness without pain?

How can I get in shape if I have sore muscles from pyriformis syndrome? Can you suggest types of exercises to build up fitness without pain?

Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. Try physical therapy for your pf syndrome. ...Read more

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How can you reduce the chances of getting a viral disease?

How can you reduce the chances of getting a viral disease?

Wash your hands: Many viral illnesses are transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or else by touching a contaminated object (also known as a fomite), then touching our mucous membranes. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...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