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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)

Arthritis 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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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 experiecing painful joints. What do I do?

I am experiecing painful joints. What do I do?

See your PCP: See your primary care doctor for evaluation. You need to know what is causing your joints to hurt so you can get the correct treatment. There are hundreds of reasons for joints to hurt with very different treatments depending on the cause. ...Read more

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What should I do if I am experiecing painful joints?

See a doctor: I would suggest that you see your doctor who can take your history of this problem and perform a physical examination. This needs to be done before any type of treatment is done. ...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